Cus­toms bans bo­gus em­ploy­ees

Manila Bulletin - - News - By BETHEENA UNITE

Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Rey Leonardo Guer­rero re­cently banned “nonor­ganic” em­ploy­ees, who are per­son­ally hired by cus­toms of­fi­cers, from en­ter­ing the Bu­reau of Cus­toms of­fices.

Through two mem­o­ran­dum or­ders, the com­mis­sioner is­sued a “No Hao Siao Pol­icy,” di­rect­ing all cus­toms em­ploy­ees and of­fi­cials to “re­frain from us­ing the ser­vices of non-or­ganic per­son­nel or “Hao Siaos.”

“It has come to the at­ten­tion of this of­fice that de­spite re­peated pro­hi­bi­tion of pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions, the use of the ser­vices of non-or­ganic em­ploy­ees also known as ‘Hao Siaos’ is still preva­lent up to this day,” Guer­rero said on the first mem­o­ran­dum is­sued on Novem­ber 23.

Hao Siaos, ac­cord­ing to the bu­reau, are non-or­ganic per­son­nel who are per­form­ing “es­sen­tial and sen­si­tive func­tions” that are man­dated only for le­git­i­mate cus­toms per­son­nel.

It was bared that these non-or­ganic per­son­nel carry out tasks for a cer­tain of­fice or of­fi­cer in the bu­reau with­out a con­tract or any doc­u­ments of em­ploy­ment with the bu­reau.

In a sep­a­rate mem­o­ran­dum dated Novem­ber 26, Guer­rero has to­tally banned the en­try of non-or­ganic per­son­nel to the bu­reau.

“Pur­suant to the ex­ist­ing is­suances and reg­u­la­tions, all are hereby in­structed to pro­hibit the en­try of ‘Hao Siaos’ within the Cus­toms premises and re­frain from us­ing their ser­vice,” he re­it­er­ated.

“Should any of the ‘Hao Siaos’ be found in any of your of­fices, the head of the of­fice shall be held re­spon­si­ble and shall be dealt with ac­cord­ingly,” he added on the memo.

Fur­ther­more, the deputy com­mis­sioner of En­force­ment Group and the di­rec­tor of En­force­ment and Se­cu­rity Ser­vice are tasked “to strictly mon­i­tor the pro­hi­bi­tion of ‘Hao Siaos’ within the Cus­toms premises and strictly en­force the No ID, No En­try Pol­icy.”

The com­mis­sioner, mean­while, warned that heads of of­fices caught em­ploy­ing “Hao Siaos” will be im­me­di­ately re­lieved from their po­si­tions.

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