BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Romeo D. Lumagui Jr. receives another award: the “Man of the Year” by Asia Leaders Awards 2023. In an exclusive event held last November 20, 2023, Asia Leaders Awards announced that Lumagui bagged the “Man of the Year” award for this year. The award is given to world-class leaders, both in the private and public sectors.
This award is in recognition of his efforts in leading the BIR to greater heights as he steers the agency as its youngest Commissioner in history. The award is a timely testimonial of Lumagui’s legacy in the BIR as he celebrates the anniversary of his appointment as Commissioner in the same week.
“This award is a testimony of the past year’s performance of the BIR. This award memorializes my anniversary as the Commissioner of the BIR as this recognition coincides with the same week of my appointment last year. Let this be a foundation of greater things to come.” Lumagui stated.
Using the four pillars of his administration, Lumagui led the BIR into a historic year.
Fearless and aggressive enforcement
LUMAGUI led the BIR in executing numerous enforcement activities. This includes a Nationwide Raid against Illicit Tobacco, Nationwide Raid against Excisable Goods, Nationwide Filing of Run After Tax Evaders cases, and Run After Fake Transactions Task Force. These are all firsts in the history of the BIR.
Excellent taxpayers service
LUMAGUI has also made the lives of taxpayers, including both businessmen and individuals, easier. This includes an ongoing nationwide ISO certifications, BIR Multi-Sectoral Working Group, cutting in half of VAT refund requirements, and exemption of small-scale famers from issuing receipts.
LUMAGUI also wants the different tax administration processes to be automated for the benefit of taxpayers. As such, he has spearheaded the Electronic Invoicing/Receipting System, Online Registration and Update System, Taxpayer Registration-Related Application Portal, eAppointment, Electronic One-Time Transaction System, Enhanced eComplaint System, and the Internal Revenue Integrated System.
Integrity and professionalism
LUMAGUI also commits to clean the ranks of the BIR regularly. In an effort to stop corruption in the BIR, he has already removed 26 and suspended two employees. He even filed a criminal case against a BIR employee who was found to be tampering with POS machines.
Lumagui was also awarded as a Rising Tiger & Nation Builder by the Rising Tigers Magazine last October. He also received an award from the National Tobacco Administration for leading the fight against illicit tobacco products last August 2023.
He was also recognized for his good governance by the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership last June 2023.
The BIR was also recognized as performing “extremely well” by Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno in a DOF press release dated November 15, 2023.