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Comelec OK sought on Customs reshuffle

A Finance official has asked the Commission on Elections to allow the transfer of 20 Customs bureau officials to the newly created Customs Policy and Research Office under the department’s direct supervision.

Finance Assistant Secretary Ephyro Luis Amatong made the request since the Comelec prohibits the transfer, appointment and hiring of government officers and employees to any national or local government office or agency in connection with the October 28 barangay polls.

With the approval of the Department of Finance, Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon on Sept. 17 issued Customs Personnel Order moving the Customs collectors to the CPRO, which under the direct supervision of the DoF.

This time, the DoF wanted to is planning to transfer 20 more Customs officials to the CPRO as part of the on-going reorganization in the bureau, which was initiated by Malacañang.

The Finance department released the names through a request letter dated Oct. 31 it sent to the Comelec to allow the reorganization of personnel amid the election ban.

Among the Customs officials mentioned in the letter of Amatong were George Alino and Fernandino Tuason, directors of the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), respectively; and Ericson Alcovendaz, head of the bureau’s Post Entry Audit Group.

Also included in the list were Intelligence officers Eric Albano and Richard Rebong, Customs Police chief Jose Yuchongco, and Administrative officers Elenita Abaño and Hubert Vasquez.

In his letter to the Comelec, Amatong cited Executive Order No. 140 issued by President Benigno Aquino III as the basis for transferring the Customs officials to the CPRO.

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