Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Teves to revive bid to overhaul BIR and BOC

By Iris C. Gonzales
Full article at The Philippine Star

Finance Secretary Margarito Teves will revive previous proposals to overhaul the government’s two main revenue agencies, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), with the end goal of making them more efficient.

Teves said he wants to professionalize the BIR and the BOC by giving them more room to hire more competent workers.

“The idea is for the BIR and the BOC to move out of the Salary Standardization Law,” Teves said.

This way, the salaries offered by the BIR and the BOC would be higher or at par with those offered by the private sector.

Teves said there was a need to develop a highly professional agency by giving employees a more attractive package.

“The intention is to make the agencies more professional,” Teves told reporters. He believes that more competent and professional people will be more attracted into joining the two organizations.

“This is just an idea. There is nothing definite yet,” he said as he conceded that there will be resistance from BIR and BOC employees.

Republic Act 6758 or the Salary Standardization Law, sets a uniform salary rate for all government employees but some state-owned corporations and financial institutions including the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) are exempt from this rule.

The BIR has roughly 11,000 employees while the BOC has around 4,000 employees.

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