UPDATE: Ex-military chief takes over Customs, says change ‘imperative’
NEWLY-appointed Customs Commissioner Rey Leoanardo Guerrero formally assumed office on Wednesday and said that “change was imperative” in the bureau.
Guerrero said to effect change, he needed to trust each and every employee and officials in the bureau.
“Trust is a basic element in fielding people. I need to trust everyone to be honest and upright,” he said in a speech following a formal turnover by outgoing Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena.
He stressed that there were lots to be done and “work begins now.”
In his farewell speech, Lapena, who served the bureau for 14 months and one day, called on Guerrero to continue the reforms he started, including the full computerization of the bureau starting 2019.
He also asked Guerrero to give the incentives he had promised if the bureau exceeded its 2018 target.
As of October, Lapena said the bureau has surpassed its full year target by P15 billion with still two months left before the year ends.