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PIA Press Release
2007/08/01

BIR launches Revenue Watch Dashboard

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (1 August) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (in Manila) is expected to launch today two-pronged project to enhance tax collection as earlier announced by Finance Secretary Gary Teves.

Today Wednesday (August 1st) marks the BIR anniversary celebration and would highlight the launching of two major projects: the Revenue Watch Dashboard and LGU Revenue Assurance.

All BIR regional executives are urged to be present during the launching as the government aims to raise P1.12-trillion in revenues this year from both tax and non-tax sources while expenditures are expected to reach P1.18 trillion.

Earlier, in an interview with BIR XI Director Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap and Revenue District Officer Jose Eric Furia, the former said "the Davao region was allocated the highest tax collection goal which is P7.1-billion spread out to four districts in Davao. For Visayas and Mindanao, Davao region has the highest target goal except Cebu."

But in all districts of Cebu region and all other regions in Visayas and Mindanao, the lone target goal of Davao RDO Furia shoulders the highest target collection of P5.2-billion, Atty. Omila-Yap said.

In fact, RDO Furia's goal of P5.2-billion is 74% of the total P5.2-billion target of the whole Davao region, isang distrito lang yan out of my four districts, she said.

Director Yap said the goal of RDO Furia (P5.2-billion) is even higher than the regional goals of Cagayan de Oro City, Zamboanga City, Butuan and Cotabato region. Sa lahat ng distrito, talagang pinakamataas ang target goal ni RDO Furia, she further said.

We are trying our best to achieve this huge target goal and we will embark on several programs such as the monitoring of ten (10) large corporations that are supposed to withhold one percent for tax payments to agricultural suppliers; tightens monitoring of payments of government agencies on supply of goods and services on income tax payments who are supposed to withhold one percent for goods like for instance in supplies of carbon papers and others, Director Yap said.

"We are strengthening our sustained dialogues and seminars especially on foreign nationals who are doing their business here in Davao but are not equipped with proper documents like business permits, she said.

Foreign nationals who come to Davao as tourists but are engaging business here are required to get the necessary permits and documents from the local government units and the Bureau of Immigration.

I believe that if you go abroad as tourist, you are not allowed to engage in business, she said. Foreign nationals should be closely monitored by the Immigration or local governments and other concerned agencies to be able to know if these tourists have already exceeded their stay here, she said. (PIA) [top]

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