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Tacloban gov’t reports 8 percent increase in revenue collections for 1st week of 2016

The Tacloban City government, under Mayor Cristina Romualdez, has reported an eight percent increase in revenue collection during this year’s first week of business and real property tax payment and renewal compared to last year for the same period.

In the past five days, the Tacloban City treasurer’s office collected more than P11 million, higher than the P10.85 million earnings from the same period last year or an increase of about P883,000.

It has so far issued 179 business permits and renewed 412 business applications.

Tacloban City treasurer Zosima Cordaño said this is significant as Romualdez has been aggressively inviting more business locators to the city.

According to Cordaño, local business operators will have until January 20 to renew their business permits and licenses per City Revenue Ordinance 99-58 or be penalized with a 25 percent surcharge and a two percent interest per month.

She encouraged real property owners to avail of the 20 percent maximum discount by settling their tax payments on or before January 31.

As part of the city government’s revenue generation initiatives, the city treasurer’s office came up with innovations that would give taxpayers more ease in paying their taxes at the local business center. This is aside from the extended payment hours, which lasts until 8 p.m.

Cordaño said assessment and payment of real property taxes can now be done in one location, while business renewal have been streamlined into three steps.

“Queuing taxpayers are given forms to fill out in advance so when the time comes for them to pay at the cashier they just have to give the paper to the teller,” she said.

Five tellers are serving taxpayers at the business center, while additional collectors have been drafted to bring ease to taxpayers.

Bookkeepers are given a different schedule to process their payments so as not to compete with walk-in clients.

The city government hopes to meet its revenue collection target of more than P1 billion for 2017. Last year, it posted a 97 percent collection rate

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