PHILIPPINE Export in Northern Mindanao is introducing a project dubbed E2M (Electronic to Mobile) to local importers through the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Mike Ignacio, Philippine Export executive director, said the project hopes to attain hassle-free transactions of local importers to the BOC.
Ignacio said the E2M project is a shift to paperless transaction using even mobile gadgets like cellular phones to process import documents.
“This project is one of the mission critical and high impact ICT (information and communication technology) projects of the National Government, which is being implemented through the e-government fund,” Ignacio said.
He said the government granted a multi-million fund to Unisys Philippines to specifically create finance strategic ICT projects of government agencies.
Ignacio emphasized that this project will seek to streamline BOC’s core process on imports and exports and improve trade facilitation between the bureau and stakeholders, including other government agencies through the development and ingtegration of various systems allowing internet enable and later SMS-enable thus promoting a “less face-to face transactions” to BOC.
He said if the system will be implemented and automated, it would surely minimize smuggling and would be able to provide convenience to importers who will be allowed to process their requirements using the Internet.
“This will facilitate trade and enhance connectivity and this will make the processing of imports easier because importers will no longer need to present hard copies of their documents,” Ignacio said.
He added that the E2M project is very effective, citing its use in the various ports of Batangas, Manila, Manila International Container Port, Limay in Bataan and the sub-port of Mariveles.
“This is the first time that we would introduce the E2M project in Cagayan de Oro. With this project, importers would surely understand the importance of saving time, effort and money,” Ignacio said.
He said he had already sent invitations to local importers and exporters to join the free orientation on E2M on April 23, at 2 p.m., at the BOC conference room in Corrales Extension, Cagayan de Oro City.
Ignacio hopes that through proper orientation of the E2M project, importers and exporters alike would enjoy the benefit of efficiency and prevent fraud in the process.
After the orientation in Cagayan de Oro, Ignacio said they would also conduct the same orientation to importers in Misamis Oriental.
article by Nicole J. Managbanag of Sun Star CDO