The BIR regional office in Eastern Visayas before super typhoon Haiyan hit Leyte. (photo courtesy of PIA).

Maasin News – Local tax workers urged to work harder

MAASIN NEWS –– Regional Director Diosdado Mendoza of the Bureau of Internal Revenue here has urged tax collection workers of the bureau’s Maasin City office to exert more effort to improve its collection even as he acknowledged Maasin City to be one of the big contributors to the region’s overall tax collections this year.

Atty. Mendoza who graced the groundbreaking for a two storey P40 million BIR office building in Maasin prodded the employees to do more, saying that the region is still 30% short of its collection target of P6.1 billion this year. Revenue District Office No. 90 employees together with their officer in charge Susan Golo listened as director Mendoza explained the output performance system currently being followed by the bureau in retaining the services of its employees. “To stay in BIR, be performing, otherwise, out you go,” he said, citing that the bureau cannot afford under-performers.

Mendoza also said that they are closely monitoring the enforcement of tax laws in the entire region, maintaining that it is still one of the key strategies of attaining tax collection targets. BIR Region 8 ranked 5th among the country’s top performing offices in 2012.

The new 600 square meter BIR offices in Maasin will be constructed in a 1,400 square meter lot earlier donated by the city government in Barangay Combado. Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado, city Vice-Mayor Maria Effie Sabandal, councilor Antonio Cardoza, and Epifania Sy of the Southern Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry witnessed the lowering of the time capsule to signal the beginning of the building’s construction.