The online portal of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) along with its competency management system (CMS) framework and basic courses for Bureau of Customs (BOC) employees will be launched on July 31.
Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said an acting president of the PTA and officer-in-charge (OIC)- chancellors, which could be representatives from the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR), of Local Government Finance (BLGF) and the BOC are also set to be appointed to handle the course development and training delivery of the institution.
The PTA online portal will contain the gateway for PTA e-learning courses, said Beltran at a recent Department of Finance (DOF) executive committee (Execom) meeting.
It will be available starting August 2019 to newly hired and existing revenue personnel who need to register an account to gain access to the site.
Earlier, Beltran reported to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III that the PTA has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the customs bureau as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees.
Beltran said the PTA is also completing training courses for the BLGF Institute as well as executive courses on revenue mobilizations for officials of the BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
The PTA has identified 23 courses on drivers of revenue mobilization to be delivered half-day as an executive lecture series for regional directors and above of the BIR and BOC, Beltran said.
These executive courses will focus on Assessment and Revenue Collections; Customs Management and Administration; Tax Administration; International Tax Affairs; Fiscal Policy Formulation; and Public Finance Management Compliance, Beltran said.
He said resource persons for these executive courses will be former and present DOF officials as well as industry experts.
The PTA has also set a training course on Real Property Compliance and Schedule of Market Values for BLGF employees as well as a Local Government Finance Executive Course for newly elected officials, both in August, Beltran said.
Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10143, the PTA “shall serve as a learning institution for tax collectors and administrators of the government and selected applicants from the private sector.”
This law provides that, “All existing officials and personnel of the BIR, the BOC and the BLGF shall be required to undergo the re-tooling and enhancement seminars and training programs to be conducted by the PTA.”
It also requires “all applicants to the said bureaus” “to pass the basic courses before they can be hired whether on contractual or permanent status.”