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PIA Press Release
2008/02/08

Mayoyao dads entice barangays with incentives for prompt tax payments

by Vency D. Bulayungan

MAYOYAO, Ifugao (8 February) -- In a bid to maintain prompt payment of taxes and increase revenue collection of the local government unit, municipal dads here enacted an ordinance providing incentives in the form of projects and plaques to the most prompt barangays paying their real property taxes.

Vice mayor Bonifacio Baichon said that the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) has come up with this resolution in order to encourage the different barangays to pay their real property taxes on time for the welfare of the community as a whole.

The ordinance which is known as "An ordinance providing incentives in the form of projects and plaques to the most prompt barangays that pay their Real Property Taxes" is one way of making the barangay level aware of their responsibilities and also it is for their own good because this will go back to them in the form of projects, programs and services, Baichon said.

Meanwhile, taking into consideration the welfare of children, SB passed an ordinance regulating the operation of video game machines and similar devices in the municipality.

SB member Letty Lim-ang said some of her constituents opted to invest their money in video game machines where children would learn to think quickly. However, these games are addictive and it interferes with the development of good habits during the formative, unstable and undiscerning years of young children, she added.

It is the right and duty of the government to protect minors from harmful activities or anything detrimental to their growth and moral development. Thus, the ordinance which provides the owners a schedule to operate the video game machines.

For out of school youths - 7 AM to 8 PM everyday; for school children-Saturdays and Sundays of the week and holidays provided said holidays are being observed by all schools here from 7AM to 8 PM.

The ordinance further stated that video game machine houses should be well provided with proper ventilation, cleanliness, sanitation and fire protection gadgets.

Penalties were also indicated. First offense-P500.00; second offense-P1,000.00; third offense - P1,500 and fourth offense, the offender shall be penalized in the amount of P2,000 and by order of the Local Chief Executive, Mayor Romeo Chulana, the erring establishment will be permanently closed. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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