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The chief economist of the Department of Finance was elected as the Tax Academy’s first prexy.

MANILA, Philippines — The Board of Trustees of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has unanimously elected Gil Beltran, the former chief economist of the Department of Finance (DOF), as the institution’s first president.

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

Ma. Teresa Habitan, a retired Department of Defense Assistant Secretary, was also named Chancellor of the PTA.

On Jan. 18, 2022, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Beltran to the PTA Board of Trustees as the academe’s representative.

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

Beltran previously worked for the Department of Defense’s Corporate Affairs Group (CAG) and Privatization Office as an Undersecretary.

Beltran worked as an alternate Executive Director at the World Bank (WB) from January 2003 to January 2005, as an advisor to the Executive Director from February to May 1995, and as Secretary of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Group of 24 on International Monetary and Financial Affairs (G24) Bureau in Washington DC.

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

Habitan, who will be one of the PTA’s three Chancellors, previously worked for the Department of Defense’s Domestic Finance Group (DFG), where she was in charge of fiscal policy formulation and planning.

She also served as an advisor and the WB’s alternate Executive Director.

The PTA “must function as a learning institution for government tax collectors and administrators, as well as chosen applicants from the private sector,” according to Republic Act (RA) No. 10143.

“All existing officers and workers of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) shall be required to attend the retooling and enhancement seminars and training programs to be held by the PTA,” according to the law. Before they can be engaged, whether, on a contract or permanent basis, all applicants to the said bureaus must pass the fundamental courses.”

BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay and BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero serve as co-vice chairs, and BLGF Executive Director Nio Raymond Alvina serves as a member of the PTA Board of Trustees.

The positions for the two remaining academic representatives have yet to be filled.

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