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DOF Chief Economist Elected First Trustee of Tax Academy

By on May 3, 2022 0

DOF Chief Economist and Retired Undersecretary Gil Beltran

MANILA – The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect Department of Finance (DOF) Chief Economist and Retired Undersecretary Gil Beltran as the institution’s first president .

PTA Finance Secretary and Chairman of the Board Carlos Dominguez III appointed Beltran, who will serve until June 30, 2022, without prejudice to his subsequent reappointment in the next administration.

Retired Deputy DOF Secretary Ma. Teresa Habitan was also appointed Chancellor of the PTA.

Beltran was first appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a member of the PTA Board of Trustees representing the university on January 18, 2022.

Prior to his appointment as PTA President, Beltran was the DOF Undersecretary for Policy Development and Management Services Group (PDMSG).

Beltran also served as Undersecretary of the Corporate Affairs Group (CAG) and the DOF Privatization Office.

On secondment to the World Bank (WB), Beltran held various positions, including that of Deputy Executive Director (January 2003-January 2005), Advisor to the Executive Director (February-May 1995, August-November 1990) and Secretary of the the Office of the Group of 24 Intergovernmental Committee on International Monetary and Financial Affairs (G24) in Washington DC.

Beltran has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of the Philippines (UP) and a lecturer at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

Habitan, who will be one of the PTA’s three chancellors, served as deputy secretary of the DOF’s Domestic Finance Group (DFG), where she was responsible for fiscal policy formulation and budget planning.

She has also worked as an adviser and deputy executive director at the WB.

Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10143, the PTA “shall serve as an institution of learning for tax collectors and government administrators and select candidates from the private sector.”

This law also states that “all existing officials and staff of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) shall undergo the re-equipment and improvement seminars and training programs to be organized by the PTA All candidates for the said offices will also be required to pass the basic courses before they can be hired, whether contract or permanent.

The PTA Board also includes BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay and BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero as Co-Vice Chairs, and BLGF Executive Director Niño Raymond Alvina as a member.

The seats of the other two representatives of the academy have not yet been filled. (PR)