Celso: Who gets tax exemption benefit for grandstand rehab? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 July 2017 13:48

By Dexter Yap


House of Representatives Committee on Public Works and Highways Chairman and Congressman Celso L. Lobregat seeks clarification as to whom will the tax exemption benefit goes as requested by the contractor of the Juaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (JFE Grandstand) for the importation of materials needed for the said project.

This was the reaction of the solon after learning from Sangguniang Panlungsod Sports Committee Chairman Elbert Atilano,Sr that the contractor has requested for the tax exemption for the importation of materials like the rubberized track oval and the artificial grass which will be necessary to complete the grandstand installation.

Lobregat said that the grandstand project which is being supervised by the DPWH is long-overdue and the deadlines set has lapsed several times already.

“The issue here is the delay in the importation and transport of the imported materials, if the contractor asked the city government for tax exemption, to whom will this savings goes?” Lobregat said.

Congressman Lobregat said that when the plan for the grandstand rehab was made, it was the city government who proposed and conceptualized it and was funded by the national government thru DPWH. The city government then also proposed that the said project be undertaken by them, however, former DPWH Secretary Ronald Singson didn’t conformed with the plan and it was not realized.

“Nothing in the project cost estimates says the cost of materials will be tax free, when it was bidded out taxes are included already, so then if tax exemption is being asked for, there will be a deduction the project cost will be lesser. The question is who will benefit in the tax exemption? Onde guinda el sen, will it go back to DPWH or to somebody else?”, Lobregat said.

Being the Public Works chairman, Congressman Lobregat has cautioned the DPWH9 officials to take it slowly and ensure that there will be no legal implication in this matter of tax exemption requested by the JFE grandstand contractor. – Dexter Yap