All BIR brass in Region 1 replaced
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – The regional office of the BIR in Region 1 was not spared by the reshuffle of the agency.
According to Lee Caday, head of the Taxpayer Assistance Unit, BIR Region 1 Regional Director Arnel Gubala exchanged post with Marina C. de Guzman who held the Region 2 directorial post of the tax agency.
Revenue District Office-1 (Ilocos Norte) Chief Simplicio Cabantac was replaced by Ariel M. Calabia, Revenue District Office-2 (Ilocos Sur) Chief was replaced by Eduardo T. Obero, Revenue District Office-3 (La Union) Chief Amador Ducut was replaced by Luis Alberto, Jr., Revenue District Office-4 (Central Pangasinan) Chief Renato Molina was replaced by Fely C. Simon, Revenue District Office-5 (Western Pangasinan) Chief Emir Abutazil was replaced by Josephine Catamco, Revenue District Office-6 (Eastern Pangasinan) Chief Nasrollah Conding was replaced by Maria Isabel Utit.
Calabia, Obero, Alberto, Simon, Catamco, and Utit came from their previous posts in Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Iloilo, Tarlac, Boac, Marinduque, and Nueva Ecija, respectively.
The reshuffle was in line with the Tax Code that sets the term limit of BIR officials to three years in a particular position. The Revenue Travel Assignment Order (RTVO) took effect 15 days after the BIR brass received it last September 30
Meanwhile, the new lady RDO-6 Chief in Eastern Pangasinan said her designation on the tax agency’s Urdaneta City office was part of the nationwide reshuffle implemened by by Commissioner Kim Henares this year.
Utit, a CPA-Lawyer, said after she took the post from lawyer Nasrollah Conding, she studied the data of delinquent taxpayer in this one city and 22 towns’ BIR office for effective and bigger collection.
“The goal of RDO-6 this year is P1.2 billion, “she said
Utit said in her former post in Nueva Vizcaya she had a goal of P800 million this year.
The Pangasinan’s post for Utit is a boost for her since RDO-6 is a part of the “Billionaire’s Club” after it hit the billion peso collection last 2013.
Utit, a native of Leyte, said she finished her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Leyte Institute of Technology while her Bachelor of Laws was at the Doctor Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation.
“I started as examiner at BIR in Tacloban, passed the bar examination when I was working there and was assigned at the legal division in that place,” she stressed.
She said she was assigned at Tuguegarao’s BIR office in 2003 and became the Assistant Revenue District Office chief.
“Basically I was the RDO (chief) of Nueva Vizcaya because I held the post as ARDO (chief) for three years, Utit, whose husband is a policeman who hailed from Benguet Province.
RDO 14 in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya during Utit’s stint in 2013 collected 40% more than her collection in the preceding year.
That feat won her the top collector’s plaudit in the country.
“It’s a relief to see a new RDO-Chief in Urdaneta whose office is usually open to every taxpayer,” a BIR insider, who asked anonymity, quipped upon seeing the office’s door of the RDO chief has been open to the public.
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