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BIR Zamboanga overshoots 1st quarter target collections

By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

Zamboanga City (4 April) -- BIR-Zamboanga City again added another "feather on its cap" as it easily over shot its 1st quarter collection target for this year.

In an interview with Revenue District Officer Roberto Bucoy, data showed his office collected P92, 471, 331. 29 for January this year, P 16.5 M higher or 22% increase from January 2006; February 2007 collections reached a total of P76, 158, 760. 20 compared to the P63, 775, 305. 25 collections for February last year, or an increase of 19%, while March collection hit P79, 751, 050. 59, P10.7 M more than last year, or a 16% increase.

RDO Bucoy expressed optimism that they can surpass their target set by the Department of Budget and Management for this year. As a testament to this, Mr. Bucoy revealed that his office has already collected a whopping P16, 079, 530. 38 for the first two days of April.

RDO Bucoy credited this huge success to the tax-paying public for paying their right taxes and to the massive tax collection campaign of BIR to further boost tax collection in the city as the level of compliance of the tax payers has increased.

"We owe this to the tax-paying public for paying their right taxes. We can proudly say that our tax collection campaign is a great success as can be gleaned in our collections", Bucoy said.

He thanked the people of Zamboanga for religiously paying their taxes which helped BIR collect over a billion worth of taxes last year. He also appealed to the people to continue paying their proper taxes.

In line with this success, Revenue District Officer Roberto Bucoy was awarded as one of the 15 Most Outstanding Revenue District Officers in the Philippines by the Rotary Club of Makati last March 30, 2007 at Manila Hotel.

RDO Bucoy proudly announced this is the first time a Zamboangueno was given the distinction for overshooting tax collections in the district level for three consecutive years, the recent was the breaching of the Billion Peso mark in tax collection last year. He also stressed that Region 9 has also overshot its target collection last year, one of the only eight regions which met or surpassed its target collections.

Mr. Bucoy expressed his gratitude to the tax payers in the city for helping him achieve this success. He urged them to continue to pay proper taxes to help the government and the city of Zamboanga. (PIA) [top]

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