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Dominguez wants US aid to set up a Philippine Tax Academy


This Cabinet official wants to raise a new breed of civil servants.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has made a formal pitch to the United States for a possible grant to establish the Philippine Tax Academy.

Dominguez pitched the idea to US Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass when he was in Washington for an investment roadshow and to attend the joint annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The Cabinet man wants the new institution in place by January, where employees and officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) will be sent for continuing education.

“Both [agencies] are under me and we’re doing short-term things but really, in the long term, we need better skills, better ethics,” Dominguez said, citing the need to “professionalize” the agencies and help erase the culture of corruption there.

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