Celso: Teachers, living proofs of accurate use of real property tax PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:43

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday stressed that teachers hired by the Local School Board (LSB) are living proofs that the city’s collection from real property taxes properly rightly go to the education sector.

Administering the oath of office of 22 newly-hired LSB teachers at City hall yesterday afternoon, Mayor Lobregat said that the funds used for pay for the teachers’ salaries and other benefits come from taxes that people pay such as the real property tax which is set aside in the form of Special Education Fund (SEF).

One half of the city’s collection of the real property tax goes to the SEF, which, under the law is used to pay the teachers’ salaries, construct school buildings and implement other education-related projects.

“You are the living proofs that the collection from real property taxes goes to education”, Mayor Lobregat told the teachers.

For 2011, the chief executive said, over P20million is appropriated for the payment of salaries, benefits and other monetary privileges including the mandatory 25% increase in salaries starting January of the 69 LSB teachers.

From 2004-2010, the Lobregat administration’s investment on education has reached over P600 million, an unparalleled feat. The funds used came from the SEF and the city’s general fund.

The city government, through the City Council, proposes an increase in the payment of real property tax, as mandated under the local government code. Some sectors oppose the measure saying that the increase should be deferred to later years.

Mayor Lobregat emphasized that the education sector including the barangays are the main beneficiaries of real property taxes. Of the total real property tax collection, one half goes to the SEF while the other half is divided into 15 percent for the barangays and 35 percent for the general fund.

Meanwhile, the swearing in of the 22 new LSB teachers yesterday was in line with the city government’s continuous support to the education sector. The 22 teachers complete the LSB quota of 69 teachers for this school year. Of the total new mentors hired, 17 are assigned in the secondary level while 5 are in the elementary level—they are all assigned in far flung barangays. Their appointments take effect today, December 1st.

In his message after the oath-taking rite, Lobregat exhorted the teachers to earnestly pursue their mission of molding the youth and to fully comply with the civil servants’ oath. 

“If only you will sincerely follow the Civil Servants’ oath and the Juramiento de un empleado de gobierno, you will be model emplo

The teachers underwent series of screenings and interviews by the Local School Board headed by Mayor Lobregat. All of them are highly qualified and competent.

Aside from the 22 LSB teachers, 11 other newly hired employees—6 assigned with the City Engineer’s Office, 4 with the City Treasurer’s Office and one with the City Human Resource Office—were also sworn into office yesterday afternoon.

Present during the oath taking rite at the City Hall conference room were Councilors Percival Ramos and Rogelio Valesco Jr., City Human Resource Management Officer Lina Sanchez, City Engineer Luis Despalo and Assistant City Treasurer Rey Aguidan.

By Sheila Covarrubias

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:49