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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Bacolod taxpayer
goes after fixer

A Bacolod taxpayer complained before the ARTA (Anti-Red Tape Act) Core Team against an alleged fixer she had requested to process her business permit for 2017.

In her letter to ARTA member executive assistant Samuel Montoyo dated January 3, Rosa Maria Torres, said she gave P3,000 and all her requirements to Ladelle Montaño for the processing of her business permit for 2017.

Torres, who is engaged in the eatery business, said she followed up her 2017 business permit with Montaño and the latter asked for her employees' health cards which she had already given her.

Torres said Montaño claimed that she lost the P3,000 given to her.So she went to the Bacolod City Government Center in November 2017 and gave Montaño an ultimatum to finish her business permit but she failed to call her back, she said.

Torres said that because Montaño failed to process her business permit for 2017, she could not process her permit for 2018.

Executive assistant CelestinoGuara Jr. said Montaño is an employee of the city and is assigned as a tracker staff of Councilor Ricardo Tan. They have received another complaint from Jennifer Estampador of Kabankalan in 2016 against Montaño when she was still assigned at the Civil Registrar's Office.

He said Montaño could face charges for estafa since she already took the P3,000 of Torres. She again asked for another P3,000 and is again asking for additional money from Torres. They already called the attention of Montañoconcerning the matter last week.

He said Torres sought the help of Montoyo to investigate the matter.

Guara said he is warning fixers against processing permits of taxpayers at the Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) becausethey are being monitored by the ARTA Core Team. He has also deployed four Public Order and Safety Office guards to report them.

He is also appealingto taxpayers to process their business permit themselvesand not involve fixers because the processing is now faster.

Tan said he will not tolerate any of his staff engaged in fixing activities.

He said Montaño is new to his office and if she was involved in such activity before, he had no control over the matter.

He said that, according to Montaño, when the incident happened she was not yet her employee.

But if she is involved in fixing activities when she is already assigned to his office, he will not tolerate such an activity, Tan said.

He will order his head staff to conduct an investigation and submit to him his findings within this week, he said.

Fixing runs contrary to his principles and advocacy and he will not tolerate any of his staff engaging in such unlawful activity, Tan said.

He said he had even authored a resolution that prohibits fixing activities in the Bacolod City Government Center.

Meanwhile, the Bacolod SangguniangPanlungsod yesterday approved a resolution requesting Mayor EvelioLeonardia to expedite the request for installation and free use of 911 as national and local emergency hotline which residents of Bacolod City and tourists can easily access in cases of need.

The resolution authored by Tan said that in relation to the local government's thrust to ensure the security and safety of the residents, and to provide emergency assistance to all those in need of immediate response on a 24-hour-basis, especially during night time, weekend or holidays where most of the government offices are closed, and in times of the occurrence of disasters and calamities, the installation of 911 national and local hotline, is not only necessary but imperative.*CGS




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