Beng backs BIR’s tax drive, cites city’s robust economy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:00

Mayor Beng Climaco pledged yesterday to support the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) Revenue Region No. 15 in its tax collection campaign for 2014 even as she took pride in the vibrant economy of Zamboanga City.

“Zamboanga is a very important tool and mechanism for the region. Not only do we supply our resources to the city itself but also to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi,” Mayor Climaco said during the BIR’s Regional Tax Campaign launch at Marcian Garden Convention Center.

She cited for example the different census data of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, indicating that the city lost P50 million a day in circulation at the height of the 23-day Zamboanga siege last September.

“That’s how vibrant the economy of Zamboanga is. If I as city mayor and the city government do not take care of this, we will be losing a lot and the money will go out of the city. That is why we support the tax programs of the BIR,” stressed the lady chief executive, who has been a consistent supporter of BIR’s tax campaign since she was yet in congress.

By this time, Climaco said, the city is little by little standing up and rising towards building back a better Zamboanga.

The city mayor likewise shared the innovation that her administration had introduced to the city government, particularly the 30-minute processing time of business permits. “We want this innovation to begin despite the siege because our priority is to make Zamboanga a business-friendly city,” she said.

Meanwhile, BIR Regional Director Alert B. Alcocilia, a lawyer, revealed that the agency’s national tax collection goal for 2014 is P1.46 trillion which is 16.16% higher than the 2013 collection goal of P1.25 trillion.

Of the total goal, Revenue Region No. 15, covering the entire Zamboanga Peninsula, is tasked to collect P5.4 billion or 22.8% increase over the 2013 actual collection of P4.4 billion.

Atty. Alcocilia said the region’s tax collection goal for this year is being distributed to seven revenue district offices with Zamboanga City (RDO 93-A) sharing the highest target of P2.4 billion or 45.32% of the total, followed by Dipolog City (RDO 91) with P1.2 billion or 22.12% of the target.

Other revenue offices are Pagadian City (RDO 92) aiming for P.9 billion or 16.18%, Zamboanga Sibugay (RDO 93-B) P.4 billion or 7.67%, Basilan (RDO 94) P.2 billion or 3.18%, Sulu (RDO 95) P1 billion or 2.26% and Tawi-Tawi (RDO 96) P.2 billion or 2.93%.

Alcocilia, however, lamented that 2013 was not as luck as previous years for Revenue Region No. 15 as it suffered a little slump by 11% in revenue collection, but the most important thing was that it realized a year-on-year increase by almost half a billion pesos.

“The double digit increase was not enough yet to a relatively high goal for 2013. We could have attained our goal had it not been for a confluence of many factors beyond our control,” Alcocilia said, citing the Zamboanga siege and the succeeding natural calamity as among the factors that affected the collection target.

He cited another factors as the decrease in government money payments which resulted in the corresponding drop in the payment of withholding tax from government transactions, and lesser transactions on transfer of properties.

Present during the tax campaign kick-off were Deputy Commissioner for Operations Group Nelson Aspe, Assistant Commissioner for Taxpayer Assistance Service Lucita Rodriguez, the revenue district officers from all over the region, business groups and other stakeholders.— Vic Larato