The Bureau of Internal
Revenues (BIR) is expected to hire an additional 6,000 workers to support the
growing demand of workforce in the department once the National Budget
Authority approved their proposal.
The 6,000 hiring proposal
is part of the 2010 rationalization plan of BIR which will exceed the numbers
of employees to 16,000.
“We need several
thousands of CPAs (certified public accountants) and lawyers,” said Revenue
Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres.
Tan-Torres added, “We
need these people to enable us to escape a perennial shortfall in revenue
collection.” His statement was based on the BIR’s failure to reach their target
for the past four years.
He added that the BIR has
to meet the government’s revenue goals in 2010 and in the following years since
the bureau experienced a lower-than-year ago revenue yields for the government.
Also, the government
expects its budget deficit to be higher than the previously programmed ceiling
of P233 billion.
With this, the BIR has
started a nationwide reshuffling of their workers, with revenue district
officers (RDOs) moving to new geographic areas of responsibility for the same
rank and duties.
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