Alaminos, BIR, Corruption 1O1

November 21, 2010 at 9:17 am Leave a comment



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Dagupan City should emulate Alaminos City by maintaining a Face Book account.
To some peasants out there, Face Book or FB is a social network in cyber space.
During the recent acrimonious word-war between Alaminos Mayor Nani Braganza and Governor Amado T. Espino and his men on the alleged vandalism the latter hurled at the former, I was surprised to see how Alaminians reacted to the criticism to their beloved city. Like a disturbed hornet in their nest, they swamped FB by launching a “war of attrition”.
I thought Alaminians are coy, but its more than 4000-strong patriotic army at FB proved me wrong.
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Of all tax offices I have visited, it is the Bureau of Internal Revenue District Office-5 based in Alaminos City that I could not understand.
Its Assistant Revenue District Officer (ARDO), a lawyer named Elmer F. Carolino, would not furnish me a copy of his office’s collection report.
If ARDO Charmaine dela Torre and Badeth Mangaong of RDOs 4 and 6 regularly give me a report without qualms, why can’t RDO-5?
“I have to get a clearance first with my RDO (Quirino Ramos),” he told me.
Susmariosep attorney, that’s a non-classified public document that should be available to everybody.
Anyway, I just learned that of the three tax offices in Pangasinan, RDO-5 as of November 15 is 10% short of the P582, 243,000 tax goal given to it by the tax national office.
It’s a lousy office with a lousy leadership. Its counterparts have already broken their tax goal as of September this year.
Its regional office under Director Tom Rosales has already breached its P5.6 billion tax goal as of November, too.
In case RDO- 5 will be short by 7.5% of its tax goal, Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares should throw the Attrition Law to them!
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These are the ways officials of a Local Government Unit in a province, city, or town rob taxpayers’ money.
A veteran official of an LGU who knows the nuances of corruption told me that a P10 million road project would cost only two-third.
He said however that this would not swell to a unimaginable proportion if the following officials would not pocket a significant portions of the P10 million.
He explained that before the project would be constructed it should first undergoes the following:
a) Publication of the project in a newspaper of general circulation or in a conspicuous place; b)Securing prospective bidder; c) Filing of the bidders of the documents’) Pre-Bidding Conference; and e) Submission of the Bid .
He told me that the engineering office only published the total price of P10 million. But it did not put following costs like administrative overhead, 3.5 %; Value Added Tax, 12 %; Contractor’s Profit, 10%; Overhead Contingency, 10 %.
He said it takes only three winning bidders for the final bid to start.
“But usually these three bidders are in cahoots with each other. Some of them win; some of them lose once in a while”.
The custom is each of them is given by the winning bidder a commission.
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The commissions go to the following personalities:
Mayor 15% or P1.5 million; Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Panlungsod, or Bayan 5% or 500 thousand; Bids & Award Committee; 1% or P100; Engineering 1% or P100 thousand Auditor 1% or P100 thousand; Accountant 1/2 % or P50 thousand; Budget 1/2% or P50 thousand; Losing bidders 1% or P50 thousand each.
With P2. 5 million going to the “bosses”, P7. 5 million goes to the cost, taxes, and the contractor’s profit.

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But congressmen and senators have their ways how to pocket public funds.
A big time contractor told me that a solon asks a contractor the following percentages in a project funded by his congressional allocation (i.e pork barrel) and congressional insertions.
“If it is a school building, hindi masyadong madugo ang nakawan 8% lang. Pag public works diyan sa 20%” He said that a congressman or a senator could ask from the contractor up to 40% if it is a flood control project like dikes and dredging operation.
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That’s why months before the national election in May 10, 2010, former president Gloria M. Arroyo approved P6 billion flood control project for his favorite solons to implement.
One town in Northern Luzon was a recipient of a P300 million flood control project. But during the wrath of Typhoon Juan last October, 10 dikes in this place collapsed. Reason: Sub-standard projects done by contractors.
Was it because of the prohibited percentage asked by the lawmaker that made the contractor built a sub-standard project?
In that P300 million infrastructure, the solon laughed to the banks with a staggering P120 million commission.
Susmariosep, who said that public office is a thankless job?
(Send comment to totomortz@yahoo.com)

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