ILOILO – Thousands of barangay officials here are now pursuing delinquent tax payers in a bid to help the provincial government reap the desired P338.6-million tax goal by the end of the year.
The Provincial Treasurer’s Office began tapping the barangay officials last month after a “slight” decline in the collection of real property tax during the months of June and July.
The involvement of the barangay officials in scouting of delinquent tax payers is also part of the competition dubbed as “Hulag Barangay! Lihok sang Amnestiya Ginasuporta” or HUBLAG.
HUBLAG simply aims to step up the information campaign of the province’s real property tax amnesty in the grass root level and enjoin tax payers to pay their dues before the tax relief is over.
To effectively execute it, PTO made the idea into a competition wherein the barangays with most number of collected real property taxes will be rewarded on January 2015.
“Time and again, it has been proven that if tapped, barangay officials play an integral role in disseminating the program to their respective constituents. After all, 25% of the basic realty tax paid will go to the general fund of the barangays, hence would augment their local source of income,” Dr. Melba Sullivan wrote in HUBLAG’s program design.
Under HUBLAG, barangay officials have to secure from their respective municipal treasurers the masterlist of all delinquent real property owners in their respective barangays.
They will then identify the status of the property, its occupants and the heirs if the declared owner is already dead, update the records, and identify the correct person to be notified of the bills.
Based on the list, they will also assist in the door-to-door distribution of tax bills and/or realty tax notices. After which, a follow-up of the status of the tax bills/notices will then be made.
The tax amnesty is pursuant to Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 2013-349 promulgated on December 3, 2013.
The amnesty only covers the penalties, surcharges and interests of delinquent real property taxpayers and it will only last up to December 31, 2014.
It was granted to lessen the financial burden of taxpayers, especially those that have been severely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 2013 and Typhoon Quinta last December 2012. #2014News