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Newly appointed Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner for the Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group Atty. Vener Baquiran at the “Ease of Doing Business at MICP” stakeholders’ forum organized by PortCalls in 2018.

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed three Bureau of Customs deputy commissioners, including former Manila International Container Port (MICP) district collector Atty Vener Baquiran. The two other appointees are retired Brigadier General Raniel Ramiro and retired Lieutenant General Donato San Juan.

The appointment papers are dated March 6 but were released by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson to media only today (May 25).

Baquiran replaced Jesus Fajardo as deputy commissioner for the Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group; Ramiro took the place of Ricardo Quinto as deputy commissioner for Intelligence Group (IG); and San Juan replaced Gladys Rosales as deputy commissioner for Internal Administration Group (IAG).

Ramiro and San Juan were earlier appointed in an acting capacity as deputy commissioners for IG and IAG, respectively.

Baquiran has been with the BOC for years working in different offices such as the Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group, and most recently, in the Office of the Chief of Staff under the Office of the Commissioner. Before his stint as MICP district collector, he was district collector for the Port of Manila.

His stint at MICP was controversial because that was when a multibillion-peso shabu shipment was discovered in 2018.

San Juan and Ramiro as well as Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero all belong to the Philippine Military Academy “Maharlika” Class of 1984.

San Juan, a seasoned combat commander, was the 57th superintendent of PMA and served in different command positions.

In his more than 30 years of service, San Juan received numerous awards and decorations, including three Distinguished Service Stars, the Gold Cross Medal, five Bronze Cross Medals, 16 Outstanding Officer of the Year awards, military merit medals, military commendation medals, and letters of commendation from commanders he had served. He was also awarded military civic action medals and disaster relief and rehabilitation medals for his achievements in community development and other non-combat pursuits.

Before retiring on July 13, 2018, Ramiro served the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in various capacities in all corners of the country, including overseas assignments such as in Iraq and Indonesia. He was the first chief of the AFP Peace and Development Office, which spearheaded the armed forces’ peace initiatives in support of the government’s peace agenda. Notably, at the height of the Marawi crisis, he was partly responsible for the AFP’s participation in the joint coordination and monitoring action center, which facilitated the safe passage of evacuees, the rescue of hostages, and the secured entry of humanitarian assistance in the designated peace corridors in Lanao del Sur.

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