17 September 2010

BIR Conducts Major Personnel Changes; Sets Revamp Next Month

Source: Manila Bulletin

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares conducted Wednesday a major personnel changes, her first since she assumed the top BIR post more than two months ago. She said more field officials will be reshuffled next months as part of a bigger program of strengthening the tax collection and administration system to boost the chances of hitting this year's P860-billion collection target. The initial revamp covered officials holding positions from regional director to revenue district officer (RDO) and division chief. They included Quezon City Revenue Regional Director Antonio Montemayor who was transferred to the Taxpayers Assistance Service. Montemayor who is suffering from a serious illness had earlier sought an early retirement. Manila Assistant Revenue Regional Director Tess Dizon replaced Rey Asterio Tambis assistant chief of the Large Taxpayers Service (LTS) who also applied for an early retirement. The LTS collects more than 60 percent of the annual total take of the BIR and handled the investigations of the country's more than 1,000 top corporations. Revenue District Officers assigned in Bulacan and Angeles city were replaced by their assistants after applying for an early retirement. "I can't stop them from leaving the bureau," said Henares. Many of those who were given new assignments were chief and assistant chiefs of tax fraud divisions in various regional offices like those in Manila, Quezon city, Makati, Caloocan, the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Leyte, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. Informed sources said many RDOs in Metro Manila and elsewhere will be the next recipients of new travel assignment orders. The BIR's 124 RDO are considered frontliners in the collection of internal revenue taxes. Henares said earlier she will replace RDOs who failed to hit their targets during the last few months. Records showed the BIR sustained more than P21-billion collection deficits during the first eight months of the year.

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