A RANKING official of the Quezon City government on Monday advised taxpayers and owners of 74,000 business establishments not to transact with fixers, especially in the season of renewal of business permits and tax payments.
“Don’t deal with fixers,” Business Permit and Licensing Office chief Garry Domingo told taxpayers.
“I have been urging the taxpayers to avoid dealing with fixers. Each and every year, we have been consistent in reminding them not to do so. We are high and low finding ways to make the renewal of permits easier and efficient,” Domingo said.
He assured the public there would be no need to allow fixers to handle their business transactions with the city government.
According to Domingo, Mayor Herbert Bautista has not stopped finding ways to provide better transaction processes and services while strengthening his anti-fixing campaign.
The city is the only representative of the Philippines in the “Ease of Doing Business” program of the World Bank.
The National Competitiveness Council has rated Quezon City second over-all in government efficiency in the 2016 Most Competitive City awards.
On the other hand, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry cited the city government as the most business-friendly local government also in 2016.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bautista led the conferment of this year’s Tandang Sora Award to Zeneida Quezon Avancena, daughter of President Manuel L. Quezon.
The awarding was held on the 206th birth anniversary of Melchora Aquino, also known as Tandang Sora, on Saturday at the Tandang Sora Shrine at Banlat Road in Barangay Tandang Sora.
The Tandang Sora Award is given to the city’s outstanding women that exemplify the heroine’s traits of honesty, industry, service, word of honor, kindness, caring, and protectiveness.
Zeneida Quezon-Avancena was the event’s guest of honor and speaker.
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung led the wreath-laying ceremony along the Quezon City Council, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Rep. Kit Belmonte, Quezon City Police District Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Division of City Schools, Knights of Columbus – Katipunan, Tandang Sora, and Melchora Aquino Assembly, Rotary Club International Distric 3780, Samahan ng mga Apo ni Tandang Sora, and the Tandang Sora Barangay Council graces the birth anniversary of our heroine.
Performances from the students of Tandang Sora National High School Choir and Dance Troupe also highlighted the event.