By Betheena Kae Unite
Monitoring of “balikbayan” boxes entering the Port of Davao was made easier after the port implemented the digital storing of package information.
The Bureau of Customs-Port of Davao is now using the Balikbayan Box Monitoring System (BBMS) that is designed to simplify the clearance procedures of balikbayan boxes.
The new system ensures that the principles, standards and regulations set are implemented well, the BOC said.
BBMS, according to Liberty Plana, chief of the Systems Development Division of Management Information Systems Technology Group (MISTG), would allow the information about the OFW’s balikbayan boxes electronically available to authorized customs officers.
This means that the number of balikbayan boxes that were sent during the year and the total amount of the boxes are properly monitored.
The system would also allow quick retrieval of information as the data filled by the OFW in the required information sheets are stored digitally.
The BBMS was developed by the Systems Development Division of MISTG which is tasked to implement information systems that help the bureau deliver faster service while still adhering to the best practices set by the law.
Earlier, Customs Commissioner Faeldon reiterated that monitoring the balikbayan boxes sent by the OFWs is a measure intended to protect them and their privileges from smugglers who are “starting to use the names of OFWs in transporting their contrabands into the country through balikbayan boxes.”
“We have to monitor how many packages a certain OFW has already sent because smugglers can use their names to send contrabands using balikbayan boxes,” Deputy Commissioner for MISTG Gerardo Gambala also said.
“It is a guard to them (OFWs) and guard to our borders,” Gambala added.
Meanwhile, officers, assessment division employees, and administrative division staff of the Port of Davao underwent training to learn how to use the system. The port began using the BBMS on August 1, 2017.
Plana said the training was held on July 26-28 at the Davao Customs house.