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PIA Press Release
2006/10/07

Sto. Tomas optimizes tax collection

Davao City (7 October) -- The Local Government Unit of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte through the Municipal Treasurer's Office has been optimizing its effort to attain its thrust for good and efficient governance through its fiscal collection program that aims to generate income and enhance economic prosperity.

Ms. Martha Flor de Ramos, municipal treasurer has been conducting various consultations and information drive on Tax Campaign Program to the different barangays in the municipality.

The said tax campaign program aims to intensify the tax collection of the municipal government and encourage all taxpayers to pay their tax obligations, enabling it to achieve its target as it aims to be a self-reliant agency and not to be dependent on the Internal Revenue Collection (IRA).

Recently, in a regular session conducted in Barangay Magwawa, Ms. de Ramos explained to Barangay Captain Pacifico Villarosa, to the barangay Kagawad and to the landowners of the mechanics of the sharing of Real Property Tax.

She discussed further that 40 % of the RPT shall go to the municipal government, while 35% goes to the Province and 25% goes to the barangay.

"With this percentage it would surely help the barangay to generate funds aside from the IRA which is only P' 39,846.58 monthly to fund its projects and programs" Ms. de Ramos said.

Ms. de Ramos further resolved the issues raised in Barangay Magwawa on the payment of their Real Property Tax since taxpayers were confused as to where they will pay their taxes because as far as they know and based on the 1970's survey, the land that they are tilling belongs to Davao City. She explained that with the revisions and the identification of the land jurisdiction, the lands in Barangay Magwawa belonged to Sto. Tomas, and so therefore its taxes should accrue to the municipal treasury.

Furthermore, on their discussions Ms. de Ramos reveals with reassurance to the land owners that the Local Government Unit of Sto. Tomas is doing the best that they could to support the also their barangays to provide the basic services to the constituents of Barangay Magwawa.

"The LGU is doing this, not to burden you as taxpayers but we specifically aim to help your barangay in implementing the laws on tax collection. The money collected shall be used to provide funds for its infrastructures, construction of barangay roads and its maintenance and other projects that they can touch and see being implemented in their barangay Ms. de Ramos said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Estela, has envisioned an empowered government, he believes that through the collective effort of each barangay and its people through honest payment of taxes, it would be a force in propelling Sto. Tomas to achieved its dream of becoming a city someday. (Infocen-Sto. Tomas) [top]

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