Phl Tax Academy eyes New Clark City, Ta­gay­tay cam­puses

The Philippine Star - - OBITUARIES - MARY GRACE PADIN

The Philip­pine Tax Academy (PTA) is plan­ning to set up per­ma­nent cam­puses in Ta­gay­tay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone in Pam­panga, the Depart­ment of Finance (DOF) said over the week­end.

Finance Un­der­sec­re­tary Gil Bel­tran said the PTA, for the Ta­gay­tay cam­pus, would join other gov­ern­ment-run pro­fes­sional learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, such as the De­vel­op­ment Academy of the Philip­pines (DAP), the Philip­pine Ju­di­cial Academy (PHILJA) and the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA) In­ter­na­tional Train­ing Cen­ter in a lot do­nated by the city gov­ern­ment.

The plan to build a PTA cam­pus in the New Clark City, which is now be­ing de­vel­oped as the coun­try’s first smart, disas­ter-re­silient and sus­tain­able me­trop­o­lis, will like­wise push through.

In ad­di­tion, the un­der­sec­re­tary said the Re­gional As­so­ci­a­tion of Trea­sur­ers and Asses­sors in the Mi­maropa (Min­doro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) re­gion has re­quested the Academy to of­fer cour­ses on ad­vanced com­pe­ten­cies and spe­cial­ized train­ing for its mem­bers.

Launched in Fe­bru­ary last year, the PTA seeks to pro­vide con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion to the coun­try’s rev­enue col­lec­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tors to im­prove their com­pet­i­tive­ness, sharpen their com­mit­ment to their pro­fes­sion and raise their eth­i­cal stan­dards.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the academy is in com­pli­ance with Repub­lic Act 10143, which states that the academy should serve as the na­tion’s learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion for tax col­lec­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tors from the gov­ern­ment and se­lected ap­pli­cants from the pri­vate sec­tors.

A se­nior-level In­ter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on Tax­a­tion, an­other on in­ter­na­tional tax­a­tion for Asian coun­tries, and coun­try-fo­cused train­ing cour­ses on tax ad­min­is­tra­tion are avail­able to per­son­nel of the DOF and at­tached agen­cies.

Ear­lier, Bel­tran said the PTA is plan­ning to team up with the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines-Los Baños (UPLB) in of­fer­ing a post-grad­u­ate pro­gram on finance and tax­a­tion to qual­i­fied em­ploy­ees of the DOF and at­tached agen­cies.

The pro­posed joint pro­gram with the UPLB will be off-cam­pus and will run for three semesters.

The PTA will be film­ing its lec­tures and up­load­ing them on­line to make these avail­able to per­son­nel of the DOF and its at­tached agen­cies based in re­mote ar­eas.

Un­der Repub­lic Act 10143, “all ex­ist­ing of­fi­cials and per­son­nel of the BIR (Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue), the BOC (Bureau of Cus­toms) and the BLGF shall be re­quired to un­dergo the re-tool­ing and en­hance­ment sem­i­nars and train­ing pro­grams to be con­ducted by the Philip­pine Tax Academy.”

It also re­quires all ap­pli­cants to the said bu­reaus to pass the ba­sic cour­ses be­fore they can be hired on con­trac­tual or per­ma­nent sta­tus.

The PTA’s pro­gram, cur­ricu­lum and syl­labus were de­vel­oped based on ASEAN Uni­ver­sity Net­work Stan­dards.

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