By Junex Doronio
September 7, 2022
CEBU CITY — As the Museo Sugbo prominently exhibited postwar documents and trade accessories of the Bureau of Customs to commemorate the 453rd Founding Anniversary of the province, the BOC Port of Cebu under the leadership of District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza has promised full support to reinvigorate the economy of the island province.
“Customs control and border protection play significant roles in post-economic recovery. The Port commits in fully carrying out our functions to support Cebu’s economic growth. Promise po ng Customs to the Province of Cebu: Sa kalisud ug kahayahay, wala gyud tay biya-ay (In difficulties and comfort, we shall hold on together),” Mendoza vowed.
Museo Sugbo which serves as the repository of Cebu’s rich cultural heritage spearheaded the special exhibit last August 30, with its theme “Customs and Commodities: The Vibrant Trade and Commerce in Early Postwar Cebu.”
“We, at the Bureau of Customs, are elated with this exhibit. It is very timely because once again we are in a period after a global crisis,” Mendoza said in his remarks at the exhibit.
Dr. Jose Eleazar Bersales, historian and professor, led the exhibit that highlights customs transactions after World War II.
“These documents do not only show details of goods and commodities that went through our gates, each documentary material itself—through the marks of the typewriter, meticulous sticking of the stamps, and the handwritten marginal notes and computations—reveals the tedious work and dedication of the customs officers who rendered their service through those years,” Bersales noted.
He concluded: “Ultimately, what this exhibit means to us is a commemoration of the people who came before us, and of the tradition of unwavering customs service in contribution to the development of the Filipino people.”
During the exhibit, Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia commended the BOC-POC for the seizure of 42 containers of mature coconuts that were eventually turned over to various local government units of the province to help in its replanting efforts after the destruction brought by super typhoon Odette.
For his part, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama stressed the vital role and contribution of the Bureau in the city’s development.
National Archives of the Philippines Executive Director Victorino M. Manalo, members of the Provincial Board, Cebu City Vice-Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, and representatives of other museums and heritage hotels in Cebu, also attended the event.
The special exhibit is open to the public until December. (ai/mtvn)