Wednesday, October 1, 2008


San Pablo City - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 9, the biggest outside Metro Manila has new Regional Director (RD) effective September 16, 2008.

RD Jaime Santiago replaced Ms. Cely Francisco who was transferred to Tacloban City.

Without much funfare RD Santiago silently assumed his official function, a humble trademark of a career executive of the bureau like him.

He started as ordinary personnel with the rank of tax examiner, in his native place of Cebu City which marked the beginning of his long association with BIR now spanning more than 30 years.

BIR Region 9 is composed of ten Revenue District offices (RDO) located in Southern Tagalog Provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Quezon that also includes two Mindoros and Palawan. This area is specifically reserved to a more capable senior official of the bureau. The new regional director was OIC-Asst. Commissioner on Tax Compliance Division prior his latest assignment.

The exigencies of the situation like the need to study the collection figures of the region, four of his RDO’s are relatively new and even considering there’s only a quarter left for the current taxable year explained the absence of formal turnover on his new position upon assumption.

This early, RD Santiago is focusing on tax information campaign to persuade tax payers to pay more, the bottom line of which is to increase voluntary compliance among tax payers in the region.(NANI CORTEZ)

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