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Customs to open auctions of goods to all


By Betheena Kae Unite

Auctions of goods conducted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will soon be open to all without going through accreditation, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña bared Tuesday.

BOC chief Isidro Lapeña (Alberto Garcia)

BOC chief Isidro Lapeña (Alberto Garcia)

The bidding of seized goods will be opened to all and all they have to do is to deposit P200,000 if they wish to participate in the auction. They will no longer have to submit documents to be accredited.

Lapeña revealed during the Manila Bulletin Hot Seat that they are on the process of revising the auction procedures.

“Right now, we are revising our auction procedures. Instead of having the accreditation committee (who accredit bidders), we will be adopting how the auctioners in Subic are doing na it’s open to all,” Lapeña said.

“Doon sa Subic, anybody can join, mag-deposit ka lang ng P200, 000. That’s a guarantee that you are serious enough to push through with the purchase,” the commissioner added.

If the bidder loses the bidding, the P200,000 deposit will be forfeited, according to Lapeña. “So, if you change your mind, you will lose your P200, 000. That will be forfeited.”

Currently, the bureau has an accreditation committee that oversees the accreditation and pertinent documents submitted by the bidders. Once accredited, the bidder is eligible to join the biddings in three years.

This procedure, Lapeña said, will be abolished and be revised.

“So, it’s simpler. Wala na ‘yung accreditation kasi ‘yung pamimili ng (There will be no accreditation because the selection of) bidders is done by the accreditation committee. So, aalisin ko yun (I will remove that). Wala na ‘yung selective. When there is a committee and there is selective, it can be subjective,” Lapeña said.

Customs officers and their immediate family members, on the other hand, are not allowed to join the biddings, the commissioner noted.

“’Yung mga taga-BOC (BOC employees) will not be included, including relatives but to a certain degree. Relatives, children, immediate family (are not allowed),” Lapeña said.

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