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Gov vows help to Southern Leyte LGUs willing to avail of iTax

By Erna Gorne

Southern Leyte (March 25) -- Aiming to increase income generation and to establish efficient revenue collection not only for the provincial government, Governor Damian G. Mercado offered assistance to the local government untis here to set up work stations and server clones as required by the GTZ ? German government in the computerization of Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS), Provincial Administrator Crispin Arong, Jr reported.

During the Provincial Development Council meeting held at R.Kangleon Function House yesterday, Arong said the provincial government, with the help of GTZ, is set to computerize their BPLS including the six municipalities covered by the GTZ's environment program. However, the German government is willing to include those other municipalities who are committed to the program.

The said computerization, an anti-red tape tool is meant to streamline the licensing procedures, among others, Arong added.

According to Arong, the GTZ will make available for the software and technical assistance of the program provided that the local government units will purchase the computer units and commit a corresponding personnel exclusively to attend the computerization. That the each municipality will shell out at least P200,000.00 from their own coffers as their counterpart of the program.

At this point, Provincial Governor Damian G. Mercado offered to the local government units concerned their needed assistance in the setting up the hardware components of the program. He further disclosed that investing for this program down at the local government units will eventually contribute for the overall advancement of the province.

Provincial Administrator Arong further appreciates the program which will not only improve the licensing system but will greatly facilitate in the monitoring of real property taxes which contributes about 40% of the income of the province. (PIA Southern Leyte/esg) [top]

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