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Cagayan RPT, business tax collection up as of October 2017

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Real Property Tax (RPT) and business tax collection of the Provincial Government of Cagayan has increased this year, an official said on Monday, November 13.

In Pagdidinnamagan: Kapehan sa Kapitolyo, Acting Provincial Treasurer Mila Mallonga said the RPT collection has reached 108% of its target under the annual budget of the province.

As of October 2017, the RPT collection is now at PP32,508,734.40 from a target of P30 million.

Mallonga said the RPT collection has “boomed” because this is higher than last year’s collection of P23,426,873.42.

Next year, the province be focusing on real property tax to deal with delinquencies of taxpayers, Mallonga said.

“If we are going to take note of the delinquencies and the real property tax as a whole province, hindi pa po siguro tayo nakaka-50% ng collection,” she said, adding that this will take the whole effort of all local government units.

The acting treasurer added that the treasurer’s office will meet municipal treasurers in order to ask the list of delinquencies and to devise a strategy for this.

Business tax increase

Mallonga also reported that the province’s business tax collection also had a “sudden increase.” From P10,056,560.41 last year, business tax is now at P45 milyon.

The increase in business tax collection was also a result of Cagayan’s sand and gravel tax collection. As of October 2017, it is now at P40,831,901.34, slightly higher compared to P5,379,693.77 in 2016, Mallonga said.

She credited Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba’s deployment of quarry checkers in the improvement of quarry tax revenue.

Meanwhile, data from the Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office show that the gross collection on sand and gravel as of October 2017 is P35,507,253.91.

Mallonga said 30% will go to the province, 30% to municipalities, and 40% to barangays.

With this, the province’s share is P10,652,176.17. Likewise, all 28 municipalities will get a share of the same amount. Barangays will then get a share from P14,202,901.56.

The acting provincial treasurer also encouraged barangay officials to help in monitoring quarrying operations, especially during weekends, because they get a bigger share in the sand and gravel tax of the province.

Meanwhile, data posted by Cagayan Provincial Information Office shows that the province’s amusement Tax has reached P314,322.20 from P81,078.90 in 2016.

No deficit yet

Mallonga maintained that the province has yet to have deficit. She said that the province needs to meet the target collection because the whole operation of the province may be affected.

In a CPIO press release, Mallonga said the province needs to strengthen its tax collection system to fully achieve 100% collection in taxes, the source of the provincial government’s fund.

She noted that, no matter how good their best practices are, it all boils down to political will of local officials

“Diyan po [officials’ political will] siguro natin makakamtan kung ano man ang ating mga tinarget nating sources sa ating annual budget,” she said. Northernforum.net

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