Internal revenue bureau to serve taxpayers better

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


CONSTRUCTION works for the new office building of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) are underway as the government agency aims to offer excellent service to clients and in the process save on huge rental fees.

BIR assistant regional director Mamapok Diro said the new building has a total of six floors and will house two revenue district offices of the BIR in Davao City -- the West Davao and East Davao.

The revenue district office (RDO) in West-Davao covers at least six geographical districts such as Baguio, Calinan, Marilog, Toril, Talomo and Tugbok while the RDO in East-Davao is composed of Poblacion areas, including Agdao, Buhangin, Bunawan and Paquibato.

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"The building is divided into two to cater the two offices," he said.

BIR-Davao stands to save P300,000 for each office every month once the new building is completed.

This infrastructure has a total floor area of 3,968 square meters, which is bigger compared to the existing two BIR RDOs in the city. With the bigger space, BIR-Davao can accommodate more clients in its day-to-day operation.

Diro said more than P90 million was allocated for the construction of the new building. The construction works on this project started in November last year, which is already more than 50 percent completed so far.

The construction of the six-storey building along Bolton Extension is targeted for completion within this year. After this, the two offices will finally be transferred to its new place where the existing BIR-Davao office is situated.

The new office is located right behind the existing three-storey building of the regional office of the BIR, allowing a more accessible offices and easier transaction in order to offer better services for BIR clients -- the taxpayers -- in Davao City.

The new office will provide a one-stop shop for the tax payers, as all the offices of BIR 11 will be located in just one place very soon. The new building will also feature new facilities and new interior design.

"That is to give convenience to the taxpayers and to make them happy as well. It will give convenience on the tax payer. We want to serve them better," Diro said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 10, 2012.

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