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PIA Press Release
2010/06/11

Search for eco-friendly government agencies on

Legazpi City (11 June) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), is setting a new platform of competition among government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations, with the launching today of 2011 Recognition Awards for Eco-friendly Government Offices.

"It is high time that all agencies of the government including government-owned and controlled corporations, walk the talk on environmental protection and management. There is no better way to show our people that the government means business when we ask them to get'green' than by getting our public sector to get'green' as well," DENR Secretary Horacio Ramos said.

According to EMB Director Juan Miguel Cuna, the program aims to assess the implementation of environmental management programs of participating government offices in terms of the 4Ps, namely, Policy and Promotion of Awareness, People and Practices.

Among the environmental programs that government agencies will be rated include electricity conservation, waste management, water conservation, fuel conservation, air pollution prevention, greening, emergency preparedness and green procurement.

The competition will run from May 2010 to April 2011. The outstanding offices will be recognized by the President in Malacaņang in time for Earth Day 2011 (April 22). (EMB V/PIA)

BIR bares resolve in running after tax cheats

by LS Macatangay

Naga City (11 June) -- Determined in its campaign to run after tax evaders, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here has ordered the closure of one business establishment for failing to declare its real income and warned others which continue to defy payment or appropriate taxes to the government.

RDO 65 Revenue District Officer Socorro La Fuente, along with BIR Regional Director Atty. Diosdado Mendoza, recently led the implementation of closure order to Triboo Grill located at Mayon Avenue here as part of the BIR's OPLAN KANDADO campaign.

Triboo Grill, one of the fast-food chains here and owned by one Gina Dy, has been constantly reminded of their obligation for several times early last year. The establishment's non-compliance of the BIR's request led to the foreclosure of the said establishment early this week.

After settling its tax deficiency, however, TRIBOO Grill was allowed to re-open three days after it was ordered closed by BIR.

"We remain resolute in our crusade to remind our businessmen of their obligation in declaring their actual income. We use this declaration as our basis on how much tax they should be returning to the government," La Fuente stated.

La Fuente also stressed that the closure order is the agency's way of conveying the message that BIR is bent on running after tax delinquent establishments that are continuously ignoring their call for honest compliance of their income declaration.

"Let this serve as a lesson for our businessmen out there who still choose to ignore our plea for honest declaration of their income," La Fuente said in an interview.

Oplan Kandado is a flag ship project of Commissioner Sixto Esquivel allowing BIR to padlock establishment who are cheating on their taxes thru a deliberate intent not to declare their real income.

This is also pursuant to BIR Revenue Memorandum Order No. 3-2009 which "amends and consolidates the guidelines in the conduct of surveillance and stock-taking activities and implements the administrative sanction of suspension and temporary closure of business." (PIA CamSur) [top]

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