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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 6, 2018
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City land tax collection
hits P177Min a week

The Bacolod City Treasurer's Office – Land Tax Division collected P177 million in Real Property Taxes (RPT) in the last week of December, local treasury operations officer Arlene Memoria said yesterday.

The Land Tax Division collected P60 million in RPT on Dec. 29 alone, which is the biggest single-day collection for the first time ever, Memoria said.

The next biggest collection was P42 million on Dec. 31, P33 million — Dec. 26, P20 million — Dec. 28, P13 million — Dec. 30, P9 million —Dec. 27.

These collections are advance payment for the 2018 RPT, Memoria said.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the “overwhelming land tax payment” is a very positive indicator that business confidence is now restored under his administration.

“We wish to see that business confidence is restored and a climate conducive for business and industry to grow and prosper, is established,” he said.

“I would like to thank the public for their cooperation in our thrust of making Bacolod more business-friendly,” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, the city government is also currently holding a Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) that started on Jan. 3 and will run until Jan. 20, he said.

The BOSS makes the processing of business permits easier, faster, and more convenient, he added.

All government agencies or offices needed to sign the business permits such as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), City Health Office, Permits and Licensing Division, City Treasurer's Office – Licensing Division, and City Planning and Development Office (CPDO)- Zoning Division, have set up their booths at the BCGC Lobby, Atrium, and Annex Building so the transacting public can save time in accomplishing the requirements, the mayor said.

Stela Rose Rayos, head of the Permits and Licensing Division, said the BOSS is open from 8 a.m. to 50 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays.

Leonardia had also issued an executive order requiring all barangays to set up desks at the Government Center so business owners can just get their barangay clearances at the BOSS.

Rayos said the business permit, with accomplished requirements, can be released in a matter of hours, or in some cases, after one or two days.

She said that the one-stop shop started also in the previous terms of Leonardia.

The mayor has always wanted to build business confidence, and promote a business-friendly climate in Bacolod City by, among others, making the process of starting a business easy and efficient, Rayos said.

Leonardia said the restoration of business confidence in Bacolod was one of the factors why the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) chose Bacolod as one of the Top 3 Most Business-Friendly LGUs (Local Government Units) in the Philippines for 2017.*



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