BIR, Popcom recognize City Gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:25

by  Claudine Uniana

Two regional agencies have recognized Zamboanga City’s commitment to support national taxation and population programs.

Over the weekend, the Bureau of Internal Revenue Regional Office IX, which recently celebrated its 111th anniversary, cited the city government as a valuable partner for its more than P92M contribution to the revenue targets of the former’s Revenue District No. 93A for 2014.

Mayor Beng Climaco together with City Treasurer Soledad Li received the plaque of appreciation during awarding ceremonies held in line with BIR’s founding anniversary celebration Friday, August 7.

The award is in acknowledgment of the local government’s remittances of P54M on taxes withheld from suppliers of goods and services in addition to the P38M of income taxes withheld from city employees.

Likewise, the Commission on Population bestowed on the city the Rafael Salas Award in recognition of the local government’s “exemplary dedication, commitment and invaluable service thereby contributing to the successful implementation of the population program.”

As the regional champion, the city will receive P50,000 from the commission to fund its programs on population response.

The award was presented to Mayor Climaco together with some department heads during ceremonies presided by Popcom Regional Director Reynaldo Wong and Department of Health-9 Director Dr. Aristides Tan, Monday, August 10 at the Astoria Hotel. Other highlights of the ceremony was the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the city government and the POPCOM and the awarding of the Philhealth Membership Data Record (MDR) to the 100 millionth symbolic baby of Zamboanga City Khaizier Lee Ompoy Caritativo.

The Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award is designed to perpetuate the legacy of Rafael M. Salas by honoring and giving due recognition to local government units, local chief executives and institutions or individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of population and development.

According to records, Rafael Molina Salas is the first Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He headed the fund from the time it became operational in 1969 until 1987. Under his leadership, UNFPA grew from a small trust fund into the world’s largest multilateral provider of population assistance. He also served as United Nations Under-Secretary General. A pioneer in the field of population, he was one of its first true international advocates, conveying to others the importance of understanding the crucial links between population and development and the need to take population factors into account in development planning. — Claudine Uniana