Several Manila city councilors are praising the City Treasurer’s Office for promptly attending to the tax requirements and documents needed by thousands of local taxpayers, who have been trooping to city hall since the start of the annual taxpaying season last Jan. 2.
The tax payment season ends Friday, Feb. 10, barring an extension order by the city council.
“Our congratulations and admiration go to the entire staff of the treasury department,” Majority Floor Leader Councilor Cassy Sison and Councilor Dionix Dionisio, chairman of the council’s finance and budget management committee, told Manila Standard
“These highly-efficient and dedicated service-oriented men and women of our city government are truly representative of what public servants are expected of by the people. We salute and doff our hats to you all,” the councilors added.
The lawmakers said the CTO takes only 20 minutes at most to assist a taxpayer in completing the paperwork to settle their tax liabilities. Around 60,000 establishments operate in Manila, and are required to secure business licenses every year, either new ones or for renewal.
Manila’s approved budget for fiscal year 2017 is P14 billion, but this early the CTO has already processed tax payments from about 50,000 establishments estimated to hit P5 billion.
That is almost P1 billion higher than last year’s collection over the same period, according to city treasurer Rizal Del Rosario, assistant city treasurer Vicky Valientes, and license bureau chief Jan John Sangalang.
Minority Councilors Macky Lacson and Letlet Zarcal have also noticed the CTO’s speedy delivery of services. “The city treasurer and his staff deserve every taxpayer’s accolades, us included,” they said.