DINALUPIHAN, Bataan – The program that Mayor Gila Garcia started two years ago of acknowledging and giving incentives to their Top 100 taxpayers on real property and business taxes, became an effective factor in increasing their budget from P200M in 2016 to P300M this year.
Mayor Gila has all the reasons to be happy for she was able to gain the investors’ confidence as well as stir the business environment in the municipality.
Municipal Treasurer Cecille Calixta said that the entry of big and prominent investors in Dinalupihan like Puregold, Savemore, Jollibee and McDonald’s contributed a lot in their budget increase. The latest addition of such investors this year are RCBC and KFC on Wheels.
Calixta added that, though they still continue the drive on delinquent taxpayers, they are careful in the “issuance of a cease and desist order.”
Calixta explained that instead of the drastic action of closing or padlocking the establishments of delinquent taxpayers, which they said will create animosity and even negative issues, they invite the owners to their office, talk to them and explain to them the need to comply with the tax measure.
So far, the scheme has been effective because more or less, 100 delinquent taxpayers, some of whom they helped re-structure their payment scheme in an easier and affordable way, have now continued their operations.
People of Dinalupihan are satisfied with what their officials are doing, and believe that by paying their taxes, the government can build good schools for their children’s education, pay the teachers’ salaries, help their less privileged constituents, implement plenty of infrastructure projects, provide good services to the people and secure the future of the next generation of Dinalupihenos.