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TURNOVER CEREMONY. Outgoing regional director Ma. Gloria A. Tango (2nd from right) and assistant regional director Joel M. Gonzales (rightmost) of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 handed the ISO certification to incoming regional director Chona M. Mantilla and assistant regional director Yahya “Yang” A. Centi on January 30, 2012 during the turnover of command of DOLE 12. Mantilla assumes as regional director on February 1. (DED/RTLacibal/PIA12)

PIA Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2012

Gensan revenue collection up

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- The city government here has noted a remarkable increase in the total collection of business taxes and fees for the first month of the year which now reached 54 percent of the entire 2011 revenue target.

City administrator, Atty. Jose Constantino Gonzales attributed the positive result to the efficient tax collection efforts of all concerned government agencies by saying that the establishment of a “one stop shop” processing of business permits has greatly encouraged taxpayers to settle their obligations before the deadline.

Gonzales said “one stop shop” is a service that seeks to facilitate and speed-up the processing of business-related permits and documents by gathering in one place all government agencies involved in the registration process.

As of Thursday (January 26), the city treasurer’s office has recorded an amount of P89, 159, 757.24 collected taxes; almost P10 million higher than the P79, 652, 683.40 for the same period last year.

City treasurer, Gloria Castellano, said that out of the P164, 730, 183. 99 total assessments for 2011, the agency has only collected P136, 602, 000 payments for additional, renewal, and new business taxes and fees for the entire year.

Nevertheless, she expressed optimism that this year’s collection would surpass the 2011 accomplishment considering the P165, 278, 977.70 total assessments for the first 26 days of January alone.

“This only shows that we are anticipating more collections this year because the total assessment for January alone already exceeded the total assessment for the whole 2011," Gonzales said.

Meanwhile, the “one stop shop” business registration process has reaped positive feedback from clients.

Ric, who owned an electronic shop in the city, said business processing is more organized now because it cuts-off the waiting time and speed-up transaction.

“It’s convenient now because the place is more comfortable with the air-conditioned room compared before when we were doing transactions inside the city gym,” he said.

In 2010, General Santos City was proclaimed by the International Finance Corporation as the Philippines’ “Most Business-Friendly City” after a study of doing business in 25 cities in the country was conducted.

To maintain the “business-friendly” atmosphere, Gonzales revealed that within the year the local government will be constructing the investment and business building inside the city hall compound to accommodate the “whole year round” transaction of business registration.

He said representatives of all offices mandated to process the permits will be housed in the said building to ensure that appropriate agencies will respond to the need of the clientele.

These offices include the Business Permits and Licenses Division (BPLD), City Treasurer's Office, City Health Office, City Assessor's Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer's Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Social Security System, Philhealth, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Barangays among others.

Moreover, Gonzales expressed his gratitude to “businessmen” in the city for “cooperating and for showing concern through their payment of taxes.”

He said the increase in local revenue collection will translate to continuous delivery of basic services and enhance the city’s capability for business opportunity despite the cut in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) made by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) this year.

“We assure them that we will continually give the best services that we can and we will be transparent where their taxes will be going,” he said. (PGFruylan/PIA-Gensan)

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