DOF’S Tax Academy to offer public finance

Lectures will be filmed and uploaded online in a bid to offer online courses

The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) will start offering an off-campus specialized study program on public finance along with online courses in 2019, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said this specialized post-graduate course is open to personnel of the DOF, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF).

PTA will offer this study program in partnership with the Graduate School of the University of the Philippines campus in Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB), said Beltran.

To make PTA courses available to more employees seeking additional knowledge and training, the lectures will be filmed and uploaded online for the academy to offer online courses as well.

“At some point, we may have a film studio. Can we use that to film the lecturers, so that we can use these lectures in remote areas? We want to use not only person-to-person discussions but also online courses,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

Beltran said this setup would be cheaper than organizing courses that require the physical presence of employees and would make the PTA courses available to all personnel of the DOF and its attached agencies nationwide.

The PTA’s program, curriculum and syllabus were developed based on ASEAN University Network Standards.

The PTA has also submitted to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) its three-year Strategic Information Plan, which includes setting up an information system for the Academy to facilitate knowledge sharing.

During PTA’s formal launch in February, Dominguez said this institution, which is the first of its kind in the country, will not only provide the country’s revenue collectors and administrators with continuing training on best practices to sharpen their competitiveness but will also aim to heighten their commitment to their profession and raise their ethical standards.

At some point, we may have a film studio. Can we use that to film the lecturers, so that we can use these lectures in remote areas? We want to use not only person-to-person discussions but also online courses.

CARLOS DOMINGUEZ III Finance Secretary

  • Sun.Star Davao 31 Dec 2018

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