President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has appointed Verne Yadan Enciso as chief of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), a unit of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) tasked to go after big-time smugglers and erring BOC personnel.
Enciso’s oath of office was administered by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin in Malacanang Thursday following his designation as Customs director III.
Prior to his new post, Enciso served as the CIIS station chief at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and special assistant to Intelligence Deputy Commissioner Juvymax Uy.
Expressing gratitude for the trust and confidence given to him by the President and the full support extended to him by Customs Commissioner Bien Rubio, Enciso committed to leading the CIIS in full support of and alignment with the programs set by the agency.
The new CIIS chief emphasized the importance of transforming Customs Intelligence operations in line with the Presidential directive of modernizing and digitalizing customs services and administration.
Enciso further outlined his plans to enhance the proficiency of Intel officers in digital technologies and elevate the technological capabilities of the CIIS. These advancements, he said, aim to facilitate the delivery of “highly credible, confidential, and timely intelligence reports” that Customs can rely on and utilize for efficient and effective security enforcement, apprehension, and profiling.
Having served the agency for over 17 years, Enciso brings extensive experience in intelligence work and deep understanding of customs operations to his new role. He began his career in 2006 as the Executive Assistant to then Commissioner Napoleon Morales until 2010. Subsequently, he joined the Intelligence Group, where he held the position of CIIS station chief in the major ports of Cebu, Subic, and NAIA, for over 13 years.
Enciso received a master’s degree in management, major in National Security Administration from the Philippine Christian University in 2022. He also completed in 2021 the Joint Customs Middle Management Program conducted by the Australian Border Force and the RMIT University.
CIIS officials and employees lauded Enciso’s appointment, saying it serves as inspiration to other career officials to do better in the fight against unscrupulous traders “to protect our ports from threats through intensified intelligence gathering in cooperation with strengthened enforcement programs.”