Duterte underscores importance of taxes

Subscribe Now March 10, 2014 at 07:52am

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte called on the local residents to pay their taxes, and cited the importance of the revenue in connection with the development of the city.

Duterte made the call during his weekly television program “Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa” yesterday.

The mayor reiterated that taxes are very useful in the city for it will be used in road construction, salary for teachers, and for the purchase of medicines for the poor.

He also explained that taxes paid in the city will be turned over to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) central office, and will be given back to the city in the form of the internal revenue allotment (IRA).

“This is very helpful. If you do not pay for the taxes, what would happen to the garbage in the city? Wala tayong pang-suweldo sa kanila, and we cannot give fuel to our policemen who attend to our needs in making the city peaceful,” Duterte stressed.

“Pay what is due to the government,” he urged the local populace here.

Meanwhile, BIR Davao Regional Director Glen Geraldino disclosed that the target tax collection in the region for 2014 is P13.12 billion.

Geraldino added that last year, their office was able to collect P10.94-billion in 2013 and P9.19-billion in 2012.

Despite the calamities that struck the region, such as typhoon “Pablo” in 2012, the BIR was able to increase its collection by at least 16 percent last year, compared to 2012.

Geraldo, however, said the increase was not enough to meet their target last year – which is P11 billion.

Among the concerns that the BIR office here identified include the problems encountered by the banana industry in the Davao region, starting from the effects of the calamities, and the banana disease that affected the plantations in the area.

Source: mb.com.ph

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