BIR cites 3 top Bicol revenue collecting arms

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BIR logoLEGAZPI CITY (3-Feb-2013) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue in Bicol Region has recognized the heads of the revenue district offices in Naga City, Catanduanes and Masbate City for being the top performers in last year’s tax collection drive of the agency.

The three RDOs’ performances along with other collection districts that exceeded their tax goals for 2012 altogether propelled the BIR’s overall revenue generation of P5.6-billion, which is way above its regional aim of P5.4-billion.

Almost 94 per cent of the P200-million excess in target collection in the region was contributed by the three top RDOs, earning for the concerned collection officers awards of certificates of recognition.

Socorro Lafuente of RDO-65 in Naga City was the top collection performer, remitting to the BIR over P1.5 billion—which is P129 million above the P1.4-billion goal.

The second place was shared by Ma. Teresa Noemi Pizon of RDO-69 in Catanduanes for surpassing the target by P27 million and Melquiades Cancela of RDO-70 in Masbate City, with excess collection of P32.5 million.

As to amount of excess collection, RDO-70 was higher, but as to percentage of excess, it was RDO-69 which had better accomplishment.

BIR Bicol Regional Director Esmeralda Tabule also commended the performances of other RDOs that exceeded their collection targets: Iriga City, P8.0 million or 40.2 per cent; Sorsogon City, P3.5 million or 8.7 per cent, and Daet, Camarines Norte, P1.8 million or 5.4 per cent.

A simple awarding ceremony was held at the BIR regional office in this city last week.

Tabule attributed the good collection performance of the Bicol Region to at least three supplemental programs she initiated last year and the good working chemistry among BIR personnel established jointly with newly-installed Assistant Regional Director Janette Cruz.

One of the programs is the intensified posting of stickers in every establishment in the region bearing the message: “Sa kada Pagbakal Mo, Obligasyon ko an Mag-Resibo” (For every purchase you make, it is my obligation to issue a receipt).

Tabule also credited the Oplan 2305, which requires the updating of tax exemptions, and Oplan “NV-2-V” (Non-VAT to VAT), requiring all non-VAT registered taxpayers to change registration to VAT if they already exceeded the required threshold amount of yearly gross sales.

“The attainment of 2013 goal is never far-fetched,” she said in her appeal to the various RDOs in Bicol to sustain the efficient implementation of tax administration to attain this year’s collection target of P7.1 billion.(PNA)

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