MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs is intensifying its drive against nepotism in the government.
Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 03-2014 details the anti-nepotism rules on appointments and designations within the BOC.
"I think this is a step in the right direction as we try to wipe out the culture of corruption that has plagued the Bureau since time immemorial. I am not saying that those with relatives working in the Bureau are corrupt but we are eradicating any suspicion on our employees," said Customs Commissioner John P. Sevilla.
Sevilla said the policy will prevent conflict of interest in the performance of BOC employees' duties.
"We have already made progress in our fight against corruption like in the filing of administrative cases against 16 BOC employees. Now we are putting policies that will further nip corruption in the bud. The anti-nepotism policy is aimed to promote integrity, professionalism, and work excellence among Bureau employees," he said.
Under the anti-nepotism policy, no relative (up to the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity) of a current BOC officer or employee whether regular, temporary, or casual can be appointed or designated to any position in the Bureau.
The only exemptions are relatives who are already holding positions in the BOC, at the time of the effectively of the order. However, they cannot be promoted, designated, assigned, or detailed to any BOC office, service or section in which a relative is also holding office.
All existing employees in the same office, service, or section who are related to each other within the 4th degree of consanguinity will be re-assigned or transferred to a separate office, service, or section.
With the order, anyone applying for a post at the BOC would have to disclose under oath, in his or her application, the identities of relatives who are currently working in BOC.