March 28, 2017 – An organization that promotes social change and advocates integrity and efficiency in the bureaucracy has lauded Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon for being a catalyst of change needed to transform the bureau, once regarded as one of the most corrupt agencies in government, into one that is a source of pride and manned by dedicated public servants .
The recognition was given to Faeldon on March 27, 2017 by the Assembly of Customs Travellers (ACT) headed by its president, Collector Ciriaco Ugay and Auditor Reummel Sison, former ACT president, along with other officers and members of the group.
Apart from his efforts to fight corruption and illegal trade, the organization also acknowledged the bureau chief’s accomplishments and initiatives to improve trade facilitation, curb smuggling and secure the country’s territorial borders, thereby increasing revenue collections.
Under Faeldon’s leadership, ACT said the BOC has evolved into a transparent and corrupt-free agency that has already shown positive changes early into his term as commissioner.
The BOC’s ongoing initiatives are in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to eliminate corruption in government.
An organization of BOC employees, ACT was created to instill a spirit of unity and promote moral values among its members, and is under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.
It has 84 registered members from the Ports of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Manila, Manila International and Container Port, Subic and Clark.
ACT’s newly-elected officers and members took their oath on March 25 during its first general assembly held at the Port of Clark in Pampanga province.