Customs to hire over 1,000 new officials, employees

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Customs to hire over 1,000 new officials, employees
Available job positions include: Customs Operations Officer (COPO) I, II, III, and IV, (Salary Grade [SG] 10, 11, 13, 16, and 18 respectively); and Administrative Officer (ADOF) I, II, III, IV, and V (SG 10, 11, 15, and 18 respectively)

This is an announcement from the Bureau of Customs.

MANILA, Philippines – To fill up the lack of manpower and further improve its quality of service, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is opening 1,056 job vacancies in first and second level positions for the agency’s various groups, offices, and collection districts across the country.

“By filling up these vacancies, we will be able to provide a faster and better standard of service for importers, exporters and the public dealing with Customs,” said Customs Commissioner John P. Sevilla, “On the average, we have over 3,000 entries and over 6,000 individual items being imported every day. Around 4,000 containers arrive in the country everyday that we need to inspect. In order to facilitate these transactions we need additional manpower. Right now, there are only 3,600 employees in BOC tasked to do a lot of mandates. The lack of manpower is further aggravated by natural attrition due to retirement, resignation, death, as well as dropping from the rolls, and dismissal from service.” 

Available job positions include: Customs Operations Officer (COPO) I, II, III, and IV, (Salary Grade [SG] 10, 11, 13, 16, and 18 respectively); and Administrative Officer (ADOF) I, II, III, IV, and V (SG 10, 11, 15, and 18 respectively). 

In order to be able to properly screen the potential influx of applications, the Bureau also came out with new guidelines in the hiring and selection of personnel under Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 15-2014. The CMO has simplified the hiring and selection process that will enable Customs to choose the best qualified applicants.  

Below is the complete list of job vacancies:

Customs List of Vacant Positions 072514 Broadsheet 5×30

Interested applicants just need to visit to download the details and documents required for their applications, fill up the application form and submit together with the following supporting documents: updated Personal Data Sheet; Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Civil Service Commission, Professional Regulation Commission, or Supreme Court as appropriate; Transcript of Records and Diploma; certificates of trainings and seminars attended, if any; and Performance Appraisal Report for the last two (2) rating periods for those who area already working in government offices.

Applicants must submit their applications either personally or by mail to the BOC office located at 16th Street, Port Area South Harbor, Manila. A special booth will be set up at the lobby of the OCOM building to receive applications from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 4PM. Provincial applicants may also send their applications via courier. Deadline for the submission of application is on August 6, 2014. 

Accordingly, applicants with relatives in the BOC up to the 4th degree of consanguinity are barred from applying for any position in the Bureau. This is in accordance with the Administrative Code (Executive Order No. 292) which explicitly prohibits nepotism. 

According to the CMO, all applicants shall be screened by the newly formed BOC Personnel Selection Boards (PSB). The different PSB boards comprises of a Central PSB chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of the Internal Administration Group, six Group PSBs headed by of each of BOC group deputy commissioners, and local PSBs led by district collectors. Applicants that passed the initial screening will undergo special aptitude and psychometric tests conducted by the Civil Service Commission. If they pass, applicants will then take competency-based tests given by requesting groups or offices consisting of a written test, interview, and a physical exam for applicants for the Intelligence and Enforcement groups.

CMO 15-2014 also streamlined the process of promotion for employees with first and second level positions. First level positions include positions in clerical, trades, and crafts, and custodial services which involve sub-professional work in a non-supervisory capacity; while second level positions include positions in professional, technical, and scientific work in nonsupervisory or supervisory capacity, up to division chief level. The CMO states that an employee may be promoted to a position which is more than three salary grades higher than the employee’s present position in meritorious cases, such as if the vacant position is next-in-rank in the staffing pattern, the entry position, or the lone position of its kind, or if the applicant ranks highest in the competency based exam given by the Bureau. –

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