Archive for April 21, 2009

BIR official grapples with collection amid economic crunch

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.


April 21, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Sendong for Congressman?

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!)”

April 21, 2009 at 5:57 am Leave a comment

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