Revised Revenue Code Expected to Raise Local Revenue of Davao Oriental

 

With its last revision done in 2005, the provincial government reiterated that it’s but only fitting to implement another revision in the local revenue code of the province, considering also the fact that the law allows revision of the taxation every five years.

To address the ardent need, the 15th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao Oriental conducted two public hearings on the Revised Revenue Code in the municipality of Baganga for the first district, and in the City of Mati of the second district.

As Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Budget and Appropriations who called for the public hearing, along with the Committee on Ways and Means, Board Member Anacleto Macatabog clarified that the time has come to come up with a revised taxation that would fit the demand of time.

“We need to revise our revenue code because definitely, we need more funds for our programs and services, including infrastructure, a change based on the law,” he explained.

Board Member Anacleto Macatabog

In the public hearing in Baganga, Mr. Edmundo Acaylar, Provincial Technical Consultant on Tourism presented and explained the provisions of the revised revenue code.

Provisions in the Revised Revenue Code includes first and foremost, the Real Property Tax, Tax for Special Education Fund, Tax on Idle Lands, Transfer Tax, Tax on Quarry Mineral, and Energy Resources, Governor’s Permit for Business or Certain Operation in the Province of Davao Oriental, Conservation and Protection Fee on the Utilization of Natural Resources, the Provincial Environment Assessment Certificate, among others.

In the open forum, one prominent question that surfaced was the responsibility of the victims of Typhoon Pablo, as they appealed that they have still recovered from the disaster that has befallen them almost 6 years ago.

 

BM Lito Macatabog explained that after the wreck of Pablo, the provincial government implemented a condonement to the taxes of the victims, through a provincial ordinance.

The victims were given three years to be free from their tax obligations after the catastrophe.

As to the appeal raised by some victims that they are still not capable of settling their obligations because they have not fully recovered from their fall, Macatabog said that this has to be validated by concerned agencies.

“Hopefully, the revised revenue code is more acceptable to the public considering that some provisions are already existing, and there are only few changes, there are insertions, and there are laws by Congress that need to be adopted in the Revised Revenue Code, and these are basis for our tax collection,” he furthered.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang also adhered to the necessity of the revision.

“We really have to update our existing local revenue. We need to raise our local revenues because this is the bread and butter of our province. This will include the benefits of investors and will invest here in the province so that we can create a more enticing atmosphere for business,” he said.

After the public hearings, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will deliberate on the matter and will consider any amendments that will be introduced. The next process is the three consecutive publications of the Revised Revenue code, after which, it is now ready for implementation.

“Absolutely, we see a raise in our revenue with the revised revenue code, and this is tantamount to more projects and programs. We also have to continue introducing development, particularly in the countryside which is possible through the revision of the revenue code,” BM Macatabog furthered.

He also stressed that the with updating of the Revenue Code, the province of Davao Oriental, the capacity of the financial capacity of the province will be strengthened and empowered towards the attainment of its development goals.

Participating in the public consultation were constituents from District One, businessmen, and other stakeholders.

Joining BM Lito Macatabog in giving strong representations to the provincial government were BM Eric Rabat, BM Laureano Taya, BM Dante Caubang, Acting Provincial Treasurer Eng. Ma. Victoria Rodriguez, Mrs. Emelia Barera, Provincial Accountant and member of the Provincial Local Finance Committee, Provincial Tourism Officer Miguel Trocio, Subangan Administrator Lyrna Palma, Engr. Roel Dumadag of the Provincial Engineering Office.

 

Giving vital support in the presentation and explanation of the Revised Revenue Code were Mr. Tomas Carillo and Mr. Apollo Ebdalin from the Dept. Of Finance Region 11. By: Ms. Neela G. Duallo

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