PH execs dissatisfied with gov't anti-smuggling efforts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 13 2012 01:25 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2012 09:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Business executives are not satisfied with the Aquino administration's efforts to stop smuggling. The Makati Business Club executive outlook survey in July showed that 71% of the respondents said they were "not satisfied" with the government's anti-smuggling efforts.

Only 17.3% of the executives polled said they were satisfied, while 1.8% said they had no response.

The MBC survey, which rated government agencies, showed the Bureau of Customs was one of the agenices with the lowest net satisfaction scores.

Around 56% of the businessmen surveyed said they were not satisfied with the BOC's performance, while only 33.8% said they were satisfied.

The government has been trying to curb smuggling in the country. The BOC's Run After the Smugglers group has been filing smuggling cases against companies and individuals found to be illegally importing goods into the country.

Late last month, the government seized P500 million worth of smuggled Vietnam rice at the Subic Port. The seizure of some 420,000 sacks of rice was the agency's biggest smuggled rice haul yet. There has also been rampant smuggling of gold in the country.

Taxes, Corona

Business executives were divided on the government's tax policies and administration. The MBC survey showed 49% were satisfied, while 49% were not satisfied.

On the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, businessmen overwhelmingly supported the guilty verdict handed down by the Senate impeachment court last May.

Asked "do you agree with the result of the Corona impeachment trial?", close to 82% of the respondents said they agreed, while 13% said they disagreed.

The Supreme Court received one of the lowest ratings in the survey, sliding in its ranking in the MBC survey from 34 in July 2011 to 51 in July 2012.

Gov't agencies earn high marks

The MBC second semester 2012 executive outlook survey showed 36 out of 53 government agencies and offices received positive net satisfaction ratings. During the same period in 2011, only 25 out of 45 government agencies got positive net performance ratings.

The top 10 agencies which got highest net performance ratings were:

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 94.6%;
Department of Finance, 81.8%;
Department of Tourism, 81.8%;
Department of Budget and Management, 70.9%;
Securities and Exchange Commission, 69.1%;
Philippine Economic Zone Authority, 67.3%;
Department of Trade and Industry, 65.4%
Office of the Vice President, 58.2%;
Department of Education 56.4%; and
Department of Labor and Employment, 56.3%.

Nine agencies, including the BSP, DOT, DBM, DOLE, Senate, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agrarian Reform and House of Representatives, saw their highest net satisfaction ratings since MBC started the annual survey in January 1993.

However, the government agencies that got the lowest net satisfaction scores in the MBC survey were the appeals and lower court system, traffic management, the Supreme Court, garbage collection, and the Philippine National Police.

The second semester 2012 MBC executive outlook survey was administered via fax and online among MBC members from June 19 to July 23. Fifty-five senior business executives participated in the survey, representing 14.7% of the MBC's 375 member companies and business associations.