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A Rose by Another Name

The NARA Bill. What are the features of the proposed National Revenue Authority (NARA) which are new and are expected to improve revenue administration?

Creation of a Multi-sectoral Internal Revenue Board. This is its
weakest provision. It would make the BIR responsible not to any one
person, but to a “Board” where no individual member is held as individually accountable or empowered to take action. In most countries, the Secretary of the Treasury is held accountable for the
state of financing of government and the President either fires him or
he resigns if he is not able to manage it well.

On Labor Mobility Policy

The biggest obstacle to obtaining the maximum benefits from labor migration is the restrictive policy regime of the highly developed countries on labor inflow. Dani Rodrik, a Professor at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University, has likewise criticized the asymmetry in the adoption of global rules. The rich countries and the multilateral institutions they control have heavily favored the liberalization of trade and capital flows. But they have remained silent on the liberalization of labor flows.

Labor mobility

It is now a cliche to say that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)
contribute significantly to the Philippine economy. That such statement has become a cliche, however, does not diminish but only underscores
the OFWs’ role in the Philippine economy.

Managing BIR

Some quarters argue that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner lacks the necessary instruments to discipline erring and
inefficient personnel, thus the urgent need to restructure the agency.

But the notion that the BIR Commissioner is helpless against incompetent subordinates is baseless. There are two principal management functions available to the government that should allow for the effective running of the BIR – the power of control and supervision, and the power of administrative discipline.