MANILA, Philippines—Bureau of Inner Income (BIR) Commissioner Romeo D. Lumagui Jr. has been awarded for his dedication to good governance by the Kaya Natin! Motion for Good Governance and Moral Management.
The accolade was offered to Lumagui on June 24 at The B Lodge in Quezon Metropolis to mark the group’s fifteenth founding anniversary.
“Folks react positively after they see indicators of excellent governance,” Lumagui stated whereas accepting the award. He famous the constructive modifications noticed within the BIR beneath his management, modifications that he stated have laid the groundwork for higher service and governance.
The Kaya Natin! Motion, established in 2008 by native authorities leaders, together with the late Jesse Robredo, husband of former Vice President Leni Robredo, is a non-profit group. Its membership includes public servants and concerned residents selling the group’s values of efficient, moral, and empowering management. Former Senator Bam Aquino, who was on the occasion, chairs the group.
Harvey Keh, lead convenor, expressed the group’s pleasure in collaborating with the BIR for the primary time, citing Lumagui’s integrity and dedication to good governance as key causes.
Lumagui, appointed as Commissioner of Inner Income in November 2022, has since led the BIR to record-breaking tax collections, surpassing the focused quantity by 1.73% and marking a year-on-year improve of 13.31% from 2022.
“All our packages have been formulated and executed in consonance with 4 pillars of excellent governance in BIR,” Lumagui stated, outlining these as glorious taxpayer service, digital transformation, institutional integrity and professionalism, and daring enforcement actions.
Underneath Lumagui’s watch, the BIR has taken a robust stance in opposition to unlawful actions, initiating raids in opposition to illicit vape and cigarette merchants and launching a marketing campaign in opposition to using fraudulent receipts—a primary for any Commissioner of Inner Income. These initiatives goal to recoup the estimated P46 B misplaced income attributable to tax evasion.
Internally, Lumagui has additionally addressed corruption, having just lately dismissed 26 BIR staff on costs various from grave misconduct to severe dishonesty. Regardless of these measures, he has assured the general public that every one actions adhere to due course of and uphold the rule of regulation.
Reflecting on the historic BIR collections achieved throughout the first 4 months of the 12 months, Lumagui highlighted that these outcomes reveal the efficacy of BIR staff beneath high quality management and point out a restoration of public belief and confidence within the establishment.
“The Filipinos aspire and hope for good governance. They usually know what good governance seems to be and looks like,” he stated.
Lumagui, grateful for the popularity of his accomplishments, expressed his continued dedication to elevating the BIR from a collection-centric company to a service-oriented bureau championing good governance.
“It’s nonetheless an extended option to go by way of attaining good governance from an organizational standpoint in BIR. What’s essential nonetheless is that given the restricted time we’ve, we have been capable of set in movement packages about integrity, rule of regulation, and moral management in BIR,” the Commissioner stated.
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