Customs chief: Port of Manila fire won't affect operations


Posted at Feb 23 2019 06:28 PM

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs on Saturday said its operations will not be affected after a fire broke out in its Port of Manila office on Friday night.

In a statement, Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the agency's Manila office "remains committed to providing timely and results-oriented service to the Filipino people."

"Everyone at the Bureau of Customs is working together to help the Port of Manila in getting up as soon as possible to stabilize the situation and guarantee minimal disruption for the transacting public," he said.

"We want to assure the public that our operations will not be affected by this event."

Guerrero said Customs employees will be working during the long weekend in order to resume normal operations.

"The affected units are assessing the damage of the fire and have been tasked to identify what needs to be done to immediately normalize their operations," he said.

"Our Management Information System and Technology Group are re-establishing the information system so the Port of Manila can immediately offer its services to its stakeholders."

Meanwhile, the agency's Intelligence Group and Intelligence and Investigation Service are investigating the cause of the blaze, Guerrero said.