Tax Academy to rise in New Clark City

NEW CLARK CITY, Tarlac (PIA) — Department of Finance (DOF) is set to build the main campus of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) on a portion of a 10-hectare lot at New Clark City.

It currently holds office at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas complex and conducts its courses and lectures in several venues such as the DOF office in Manila and Ayuntamiento de Manila building in Intramuros.

“PTA is also filling up its positions to get fully operational after the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations approved several plantilla positions. These include administrative and educational positions,” Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said in a statement.

The Academy has so far completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for its existing employees.

“It has also completed training courses for Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) and local treasurers as well as executive courses on revenue mobilization for officials of the DOF and its attached agencies,” Beltran added.

Republic Act 10143 states that PTA shall serve as a learning institution for tax collectors and administrators of the government and selected applicants from the private sector.

Under the law, all existing officials and personnel of Bureau of Internal Revenue, BOC and BLGF shall be required to undergo the re-tooling and enhancement seminars and training programs to be conducted by the Academy.

It also requires all applicants to these bureaus to pass the basic courses before they can be hired whether on contractual or permanent status. (CLJD-PIA 3)