BIR Revenue Region 4's tech savvy director

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Sunday, January 11, 2015


MOST people who know Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee would not even think that he is in his sixties because the mild-mannered revenue head for one is an energetic fellow with a quick wit and has a penchant for technological trends.

This is not surprising since a regional director has to meet the tall order of meeting revenue targets and one would need the skill and use latest developments in technology at ones disposal to meet the cut.

Lee has no pretensions with what his job entails. He has to whip into shape the local Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) offices to meet the tasked P21 billion revenue collections by the end of December and Lee has full confidence in his people adding that they are working on to meet the mark and he too, is working alongside them.

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Lee knows well the value of handwork. Before his steady success as a career employee he started a small business in college. He grew up in Mindanao where he went into t-shirt printing juggling his business and his studies knowing well that discipline and handwork would enable him to finish his studies.

Soon enough he graduated magna cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City. He went on to finish his Master in Business Administration at the Philippine School of Business Administration in Quezon City.

Asked how he managed to bring everything together, Lee said that discipline and handwork and loving what one does makes everything almost easy.

"It is not rocket science. If you set your mind on something and really devout your energy in accomplishing it, everything will come easy," Lee said, adding that this same principle has been his basic principle in dealing with his post and the people at the BIR office here.

In 2005, he was made Chief Revenue Officer III and assigned as Assistant Revenue District Officer – Subic Bay Freeport Zone. He would later be assigned as OIC- Chief of the Large Taxpayer District Office of Cebu City. While holding such post he was also concurrent head of CAATs Trainers – National Office and was the principal author of Revenue Regulations No. 16-2006 and Revenue Audit Memorandum Order No. 1-2008 (Computer Audit Manual).

He later rose to Chief Revenue Officer IV and assigned as chief of the BIR Large Taxpayer Audit and Investigation Division at the National Office. He was later assigned as from 2010 to 2013 as Assistant Regional Director of BIR Revenue Region 4 and then as officer-in-charge.

Lee is also an expert trainer in the BIR's Computer Assisted Audit Tools and Techniques and has been very active in putting the revenue office here up into technological standards. He is always wary of keeping an eye on latest trends in revenue collection. In fact, he is the principal author of Revenue Regulations No. 9-2009, Revenue Regulations 9-2009 on Electronic Record Keeping proving his wide knowledge on the area.

Lee said that the BIR here is optimistic on meeting its targets. He may not admit it but his leadership has something to do with the optimistic projection.

In fact, Revenue Region IV registered a whopping P17.572 billion in tax collections for the period of January to October last year, with the period's collection still at a .28 percent excess of its target goal of P17.523 billion. This means that the BIR still has an excess collection of P50 million.

Not a bad performance for a revenue region, since other regions have already seen a downward plunge in their collections. A good performance still, under the watchful eye of a tech savvy director.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 12, 2015.

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