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Biz club pushes for wider tax base

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO City should emulate other highly urbanized cities which refrained from increasing real property taxes (RPT) to attract more investors.

Iloilo Business Club (IBC) Executive Director Lea Lara said the increase in investors also widened the tax base of these cities which meant more revenues for the local government.

In an interview with The Daily Guardian on Air last Saturday, Lara cited the cases of Makati, Pasig and Valenzuela.

“Makati is the home of skyscrapers and other properties. It became a city 19 years ago but their valuation of property taxes is way back in 1996. The last time they adjusted their RPT was 15 years ago. They preferred to attract investments to build office buildings and other properties by offering lower RPT. The same is true with Pasig and Valenzuela which are relatively young cities,” Lara said.

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‘Expressway for light railway’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

AN EXPRESSWAY could replace the proposed Light Railway Transport (LRT) between Iloilo City and Kalibo, Aklan.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) Assistant Regional Director Raul S. Anlocotan compared it to the North Luzon Expressway in Manila which requires toll fees for motorists.

“Railway roads will be converted into an expressway which is a toll way,” Anlocotan said.

Anlocotan also said that the national government earns billions from expressways.

The North Luzon Expressway is operated by a private company but remits some of its revenue to the national government.

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‘Exemptions for internet cafés illegal’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TWO Iloilo City councilors said that allowing establishments offering internet services to locate within 200 meters from school premises is illegal.

Councilor Joshua Alim said that the Anti Pornographic Website Ordinance specifically states that internet cafés should be located outside the 200-meter radius from school premises.

"As between an ordinance with specific provisions and another with only general provisions if there is, the former prevails," Alim said.

The provisions seeks to discourage students, especially minors, from playing internet games or surfing the internet during class hours.

Councilor RLeoni Gerochi also stressed that the 200-meter requirement cannot be modified or revised other than by another ordinance or law which will amend the provision.

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By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – Student organizations in Guintas National School, Hamtic, Antique joined the nationwide movement for tree planting for the National Greening Program.

More than 200 students members of Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) and Students Supreme Council of the said school joined the tree planting activity on Wednesday.

About 600 seedlings of fruit and timber trees were planted in about 1.5 hectares planting site near the school.

Aside from the students, the Parents Teachers Association, barangay officials from Guintas, Dangcalan and Linaban and neighboring barangays also joined in the activity.

Leila Butiong of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and NGP coordinator for the town of Hamtic said the tree planting activity is part of the series of activities instituted by CENRO San Jose and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Hamtic in support to NGP.

The town of Hamtic has targeted five hectares as tree planting site under the Tree Park project and has already planted on more than four hectares.

Four schools in the town are supportive of this program, namely the General Leandro National School in Fabrica, Gov. Julio Macuja National High School in Caridad, Guintas National School and University of Antique-Hamtic Campus.

Nelda Eustaquio, adviser of YES-O, and Principal Jose Angel Cordero appealed for community support to this program by providing tree guards, watering the plants during summer months and keeping stray animals away from the site.

This is to ensure 100 percent survival of the trees, said Cordero.

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June 14, 2014 03:07 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) intended to faithfully execute the General Appropriations Act (GAA) by stimulating the economy through accelerated spending was not inconsistent with the separation of Read more...

A shake-down?

June 14, 2014 02:59 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

DOES the PAGCOR-operated Casino at the Amigo Terrace Hotel need a business permit from City Hall to stay in business? Councilor Lyndon Acap, chairman of the Sanggunian committee on games and amusements, believes it does. That’s the reason Acap stood before his peers in Read more...

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June 14, 2014 02:41 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AVM Bernardo should not be surprised that the incumbent administration of Bacolod refused to give it a business permit. The company should have known by now the yardstick of business in the city. If the business establishment is closed to the factotum in Read more...

Uncorking the genie

June 14, 2014 02:32 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

NEED to update your must-read list? Include the book launched this week by Asian Development Bank, “Inequality in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, Drivers and Policy Implications.” Read more...

The One Negros Island Region proposal: Consolidation or domination

June 14, 2014 02:25 AM

By: Efren N. Padilla

(The author finished his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently he teaches at California State University, East Bay and serves as an urban planning consultant to some LGUs in the Philippines) Read more...

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