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Erap thanks taxpayers who dutifully paid their taxes, commends treasurer’s office

Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada yesterday expressed his gratitude to the residents who dutifully paid their taxes for 2017.
Estrada said he was happy with the report of the Office of the City Treasurer (OCT) of Manila noting that its total revenue collection for January rose to P4.61 billion compared to P4.53 billion during the same period last year.
“The city government has met its performance target set by the Department of Finance (DoF), kaya po masaya kami, at dahil dito, ating mainit na binabati ang masisipag at magagaling nating taxmen ng lungsod,” the mayor said.
In a report to Estrada, assistant city treasurer Ma. Jazmin Talegon said Manila had already met its 100 percent of the Bureau of Local Government of Finance (BLGF) total locally sourced income target for the year 2017.
As an attached agency of the DoF, the BLGF is mandated to assist in the formulation and implementation of policies on local government revenue administration and fund management.
It is also tasked to exercise administrative and technical supervision and duty coordination over the treasury and all assessment operation of local government.
According to Estrada, the OCT improved overall collection efficiency from last month is a major factor in the significant increase despite having to refund around P200 million worth of realty tax.
“Of course, we cannot achieve this significant increase in collection without the full cooperation of our city taxpayers, kaya I am extending our thanks to every Manileno who dutifully paid his tax obligations.”
According to Estrada, 2017 was a good and productive year for Manila.
“Kaya inuulit ko ang aming malaking pasasalamat sa lahat ng taxpayers na nagbayad ng tamang buwis sa ating pamahalaan. These taxes are very vital in the accomplishment of our programs and projects for the benefit and satisfaction of our citizens,” Estrada said.
The mayor noted the OCT had topped all city departments in its collection effort for January 2018.
During that period, the City Treasurer recorded P2.5 billion—an increase of over P300 million, from the P2.1 billion during the same period in 2017.
This is more than half of the OCT’s target of P4.87-billion tax collection this year.
“Nangyari ito dahil sa pinaigting na kampanya laban sa mga erring taxpayers kaya tumaas ng sobra ang ating koleksiyon,” Estrada said.
Second to OCT was the Department of Assessment (DoA) which collected P1.3 billion last month.
The significant decrease in its collections was due to the reimbursement of real property taxes (RPT).
Last year the DoA was able to rake in P1.6 billion after the City of Manila implemented a new ordinance raising the RPT in its jurisdiction by 40 percent.
The Manila city government later decided to scrap the ordinance after it was able to successfully recover from its debts which it incurred prior to 2013.
The city treasurer said they will deduct the “overcharged” tax from the billing of the affected taxpayers.
Estrada said he decided to extend the deadline for business taxes, permits and licences from January to February 9 in consideration of establishments which were unable to pay their taxes.
One of the reasons was that offices of the city hall were closed because of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
According to Talegon, even with the deferred deadline, the BPLO was already able to collect P230 million which was 6.53 percent higher compared to the P216 million in January 2017.
She added except for its business-regulatory plates/stickers, the BPLO’s income from permits and fees rose last month, indicating the strong business performance in the city.
“Ang karamihan sa earnings ng BPLO ay mula sa business permits na P193 million, and occupational permit fees with P21.6 million,” Talegon said.
The General Services Department recorded the biggest revenue growth, when it was able to register a 2,823.31-percent increase.
The bulk, or P250 million, of its revenue last month came from its “Misc. Profit Sharing.”
This was able to offset the P4.8-million decline in the other subcategories of General Services which include rental of government properties and sale of patrimonial properties.
Total revenue for the General Services for January was pegged at P253.7 million, from P8.6 million in the same period in 2017.
For 2018, the City of Manila is targeting to generate P1.39-billion income from its general services.
The bulk, or P1.3 billion, is expected to come from its sale or lease of patrimonial properties under joint-venture agreement.
According to the Land Management Bureau, patrimonial lands are lands of certain haciendas which were acquired by the government from religious orders/corporations or organizations in 1902.
Another top revenue generator by the City of Manila was its Engineering Department which was able to generate an additional P14 million.
Most of the said earnings came from electrical-inspection fees (P1.7 million), electrical-permit fees (P9.3 million), mechanical fees (P6 million) and plumbing-inspection fees (P2.2 million).
Estrada said he is optimistic the City of Manila will be able to reach its target of P14.8-billion revenue for 2018, as many of its departments continue to pose higher collections.



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