Manila port overshoots target, rakes in P7.4 billion
"The PoM surpassed its January target of P7.44 billion with a total collection of P7.59 billion, a surplus of 1.92 percent or P143 million. This is a great way to start a year," said Gregorio. It was also under the time of Collector Gregorio in 2017 that Manila last exceeded its January target. The total amount of import duties and taxes collected by Port of Manila last month were up by P1.79 billion from P5.8 billion a year ago. Gregorio said the PoM’s collections in January were at surplus due to "strict implementation and fair application of laws, rules, and regulation and identifying overlaps and redundancies that causes red tape and avoidable delays." She added last month’s higher collections also came on the back of the support and cooperation of all stakeholders and hardworking PoM personnel. "All the collecting offices and subports under Port of Manila worked together to achieve our target for January," Gregorio said. "Other factors would be an increased coordination and efficiency from all offices within the Port of Manila, and of course the confidence and support from the Office of the Commissioner," she added.
Customs officials said the agency has regained the trust and confidence of stakeholders, thus, its collections continue to rise in line with its fiscal and administrative policies.