Henares to head new revenue cluster

Cherrie Regalado
Tax chief Kim Henares will coordinate all operations and policy engagements of all revenue collections agencies

NEW HEAD. Kim Henares will coordinate all operations and policy engagements of all revenue collections agencies. Photo by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares was designated as head of Revenue Cluster of the Department of Finance (DOF).

In a statement on Thursday, September 5, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that as head of the Revenue cluster, Henares will oversee the major revenue-collecting agencies of the DOF, including BIR and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Her responsibility will also cover others offices that support government revenue collection — Bureau of Local Government Finance and National Tax Research Center.

The new cluster is one of the 4 formed by the Finance Department as part of an effort to streamline and improve processes at the DOF.

“By formalizing the cluster system, which we have been using for the past 3 years, we will enhance both accountability and transfer of expertise vertically throughout the DOF and its attached agencies,” Purisima said.

He added that each cluster will be supervised by a designated head who is the “primary coordinator for all operations and policy engagements under their corresponding clusters.”

Additional responsibilities for Henares?

In a telephone interview with Rappler, Henares said the formation of the clusters, and heading the revenue cluster is not something new.

“Actually, when the secretary started, we already divided the Department of Finance into clusters. It has been ongoing since 2010. It was never formalized but we’ve been doing it” she explained.

While Henares has not read the order on the formalization of the clusters, the tax chief said she does not expect additional responsibilites as the head of the revenue cluster.

Asked if the BOC will be directly under her supervision, Henares said she just expects better cooperation between her and the BOC.

“Maybe now that it’s formal I’m given a reason to ask them things. I have been careful in the past,” she added.

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New clusters, heads

The functions and heads of the 3 other clusters are as follows:

· Liability Management and Capital Markets Development Cluster, led by National Treasurer Rosalia De Leon

It will coordinate the government’s debt management activities coursed through the Bureau of Treasury, as well as oversee development of the capital markets through the Insurance Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Philippine Deposit Insurance Commission.

· Government engagement in privatization functions, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) issues and affairs, led by Finance Undersecretary John Philip Sevilla

. Internal administration affairs of the DOF, including human resource and personnel development programs, led by Assistant Secretary Ma. Lourdes Recente

– Rappler.com

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