Updated revenue code touted to boost income, usher in development in Davao Oriental

Updating and Interfacing of the Davao Oriental Revenue Code held at Secdea Beach Resort, Island Garden City of Samal

Updating and Interfacing of the Davao Oriental Revenue Code held at Secdea Beach Resort, Island Garden City of Samal

Davao Oriental’s updated revenue code is touted to boost the Provincial Government’s income that will help usher in more developments and deliver quality government services to the people of the province.

During the updating and interfacing seminar of Davao Oriental’s Revenue Code held in Secdea Beach Resort, Island Garden City of Samal on November 9-11, the participants consisting of the local chief executive, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Local Finance Committee, and Provincial Government Department Heads have come up with a strengthened and updated revenue code that will tap more potential income sources, particularly on tourism, health facilities, and environmental taxes, among many others.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang said that through the updating of the revenue code, the provincial government’s financial capacity would be strengthened and further empowered which would allow the province to meet its obligations to provide essential public services to the people and put up more developments that will ultimately lead to progress.

Governor Dayanghirang (front row far right) and Vice Governor Uy (front row far left) and BLGF OIC  Regional Director Luningning Llanto (center front row) together with the mebers of the 15th Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Governor Dayanghirang (front row far right) and Vice Governor Uy (front row far left) and BLGF OIC Regional Director Luningning Llanto (center front row) together with the mebers of the 15th Sangguniang Panlalawigan

He emphasized that the updated revenue generation should be translated into improved outcomes through quality services. He said it should further push positive impacts in the entire taxation chain from increased revenue generation, effective allocation and transparent utilization for quality public services, especially in the sectors of health, education, agriculture, and environment.

Davao Oriental’s original revenue code was enacted and approved about a decade ago in 2005, making it outdated in today’s present situation as the effectiveness of some of its provisions have been overtaken by changes in the economy. “Because of annual increases in the national inflation rate, it reduced the value of tax collections. More so, with the rise of new business structure which were non-existent when the local code has been passed,” said Governor Dayanghirang, declaring his full support to the proposed actions for updating the current revenue code.

Governor Dayanghirang with the Provincial Government Department Heads and Assistant Department Heads

Governor Dayanghirang with the Provincial Government Department Heads and Assistant Department Heads

Alongside the updated revenue code, Governor Dayanghirang is also determined to create a conducive business climate for investors by providing tax incentives that would attract investments. “Our province is richly endowed with natural and human resources that makes us a natural haven for business opportunities. The secret to our success is simple: let us make it easier for people to do business in our province. And that means creating a level playing field and eliminating inefficiencies,” said Dayanghirang.

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In addition, he added that attracting investments goes beyond provision of business incentives as it also requires peaceful and secured communities, skilled manpower, stable power and other infrastructure and facilities that would make the province more economically competitive.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Niño Uy, committed the legislative branch’s support to the revenue code through creation of enabling ordinances that will create excellent business climate and strengthened resource generation.

Board Member Louie Rabat of the Sanggunaing Panlalawigan said that it is important for the province to not solely rely on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government. Instead, it needs to create its own income. “We can do it on our own as long as we help each other,” he said, committing the Sangguniang Panalalwigan’s help in improving taxation and collection of revenues.

Hoping to launch the updated revenue code early next year, the Sanggunian is set to schedule a public hearing and then approve it within the year. SP Member Anacleto Macatabog, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Budget and Appropriations and Ways and Means reminded that the approval of the updated revenue code is not the culmination of the tasks as the main concern is left in the tax collection. He emphasized the need for efficient and transparent tax collection by properly training tax collectors. He said they must be able to help raise awareness among tax payers in their essential role in the development of the province as they are the partners of the government in delivering quality services that will impact the lives of the constituents of Davao Oriental.

Resource Speaker Chief Tax Specialist Tomas Carillo giving lectures during the updating of the Davao Oriental's Revenue Code

Resource Speaker Chief Tax Specialist Tomas Carillo giving lectures during the updating of the Davao Oriental’s Revenue Code

Assisting the province in updating the Provincial Revenue Code during the three-day interfacing are experts from the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF). Among them are the OIC Regional Director Luningning Llanto, Local Assessment Officer II Apollo Ebdalin, and Chief Tax Specialist Tomas Carillo. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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