CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4(RR4) received the transfer certificate of title for the one-hectare property donated by the Provincial Government of Pampanga through Governor Lilia Pineda.

Documents on the donation were presented on Thursday to BIR RR4 regional director Jethro Sabariaga by Provincial General Services Officer Lulu Alingcastre.

The Provincial Government of Pampanga earlier donated a P200-million one-hectare property to the BIR RR4 for the construction of its P649-million building.

“The officials and employees of BIR are happy with this recent development. We are also thankful to Gov. Lilia Pineda for taking such a proactive approach in helping the BIR,” Sabariaga told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Sabariaga added that the new building project is proceeding as planned and they expect to come out with the design and supervision phase by December with construction expected to begin by January of 2016.

He added that the building is seen at a four to five storey eco-friendly building project. The new building, Sabariaga said, would be a pioneer in green architecture initiatives in the region.

The building is expected to set a new trend in the construction of government buildings in Pampanga.

Green buildings are structures that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life cycle.

Sabariaga said that the transfer to and construction of new office facilities is necessary to fully accommodate the BIR's need for more office spaces.

He added that a bigger and better building facility will enable the BIR to effectively and efficiently serve taxpayers.

Sabariaga also noted that the relocation of the BIR offices will greatly help in decongesting the Capitol compound area.

The new location will also provide for ample parking for vehicles and is along MacArthur Highway providing better convenience to commuting taxpayers.

The location is also near the Regional Government Center in nearby Barangay Maimpis.

The new BIR director expressed his thanks to the leadership of Pineda and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan saying that the new location would not be possible without the help of the Pampanga provincial government.