Archive for April, 2009
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – Amid the economic slowdown that spook businessmen to invest their money, and Republic Act 9504 known as exempting wage earners from paying income tax and increasing their exemptions, the new chief of the Revenue District Office-4 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) based here is unfazed on achieving the gargantuan P 1.3 billion tax goal given by his superiors in Manila for his district to collect this year.
Mr. Joseph Catapia says he will be tapping other sources of revenues by intensifying the bureau’s Run Against Tax Evaders (RATE) and “Oplan-Kandado” where his men monitored Point Sales of Machines and Cash Register Machines of business establishments.
“We have the primordial objective of increasing tax compliance of our business tax payers so that there will be an increase of voluntary payment, increase (of taxes) as well as VAT (Value Added Tax), “he explains.
Catapia – who replaced Atty. Ernesto de Vota as the top tax honcho here – says the recent reshuffle of the tax brass was the decision of BIR Commissioner Sixto S. Esquivias IV – who knows best what can be done to increase tax collections.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES – Some political kibitzers in the province are at a lost whether the popular Abono Party List patriarch Eng. Rosendo “Sendong” So would throw his hat on the forthcoming congressional race in the 6th congressional District or take one of the three seats incase the said Party List will win all of them big time in the May 14, 2010 National & Local Poll.
In an interview with media men at one of Abono’s sponsored job fairs here, Engineer Sendong So said that he preferred to serve the masses and the farmers as a plain citizen where he can discuss to them, and facilitate their problems with the government to solve them as he used to do it in the past.
When pressed why he does not want a seat on his Party Abono, he explained thus: “At least ang boses ko ay pinapakinggan kung hindi ako sa House (of Representatives), ha-ha-ha!(At least my voice has weight with the government if I am not a congressman, ha-ha-ha!)”
LABRADOR – Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Geraldine Baniqued says it is practicable for Mayor Ernesto Acain of this town to seek a compromise with electric provider TransCo that owed the town with business-site back taxes worth P 100 million from years 2000 to 2005.
This despite the garnishment filed by the mayor last year that stalled the P 76 million deposit of TransCo at the branch of Land Bank in Manila.
Baniqued explains that if the mayor –who is in his last term – has to exhaust all the legal remedies in a lengthy legal battle against the respondent, it would not be politically good under his watch.
In that ABONO sponsored mural contest held in Rosales, I was so hesitant to interview the participants since some were not yet finished with their paintings. I am very cautious because of what I know ang mga artists ay parang may sariling mundo. But a go signal was given by Patrick, the president of the Dagupan Artist Circle, so Yoly and I went on.
I knew of some artists or artists-kuno who hates being disturbed while painting, syempre naderal met so concentration da. Kaya nga ‘yong ibang artist nagti-take cover sa kanilang shops and others hide away from people, manha-hibernate ira so they can perfectly complete their painting based on their imaginations if not copycat.
Without hesitation, the participants when approach paused for short interviews, akala siguro nila members kami ng board of judges that’s why they willingly articulated or expressed what their work of art is all about.
I asked recently this paper’s columnists Vir Maganes and Brandon Cortez if presidential wannabe and Senator Chiz Escudero reads the hot-as-a-pancake Northern Watch Online as he was for several times featured by it.
“Oo, binabasa niya,” Brandon said.
“Chiz even sent a thank you note to me thru my e-mail,” Vir retorted.
I told Vir that he was fortunate that a senator of the Republic sent him a thank you note.
“Pero ako noong nilagay ko siya sa column ko, what I got was not a thank you note but instead a spam or disruptive mail purportedly comes from him,” I added.
The Philippine government through the Bureau of Treasury has recently published data which showed that, as of the end of 2008, the Philippines central government debt reached 4.22 trillion pesos (1 U.S. dollars approximately 48 Philippine pesos), compared to the previous year in the growth of 5090 billion pesos.
One of the major reasons all administrations since the Marcos Regime have been relying too much on foreign debt is due to the existence of the Marcosian Automatic Appropriations Law on Debt Servicing, now contained in Section 26 (b) Book 6 of the Revised Administrative Code of 1987 or the Automatic Appropriations Law on debt servicing (formerly PD 1177).
Buknoy, ikaw ay namulat na ang kahirapan ang problema ng ating bayan. Alam naman natin ang solusyon sa problema. Ayaw lang ipatupad sapagkat ang mga nasa pamahalaan ay hindi kikita sa solusyon. Hindi sila kikita sa solusyon sa problema ng kahirapan.