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Tax increase added burden to consumers

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILONGGOS will carry the burden of higher real property taxes (RPT) starting next year.

Lea Lara, Iloilo Business Club (IBC) executive director, said the business sector will pass on the additional taxes to the consumers and end-users.

Lara said taxes are considered part of operational costs of any business.

“A building owner will surely increase the rents imposed on the lessees to recoup the tax payments,” she added.

Businesses, such as stores and restaurants that rent spaces, will automatically pass on the added expenses to the consumers.

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Treñas shrugs off added taxes

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Rep. Jerry P. Treñas said he did not mind that he and his family will be affected by the Real Property Tax (RPT) increase.

Aside from having his own businesses, Treñas married a member of the Sarabia clan which has a hotel and a jewelry business.

Treñas’ intervention between the City Hall and the business sector led to the approval of the RPT increase being pushed by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The business sector initially opposed any increase saying it could dampen ongoing and future investments, especially in property development and retail sectors.

The traders eventually relented and agreed on a 30 percent increase on the assessment levels of lands, buildings and other structures and machineries.

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Widow kidnapped infant out of pity

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A 44-YEAR-old widow and mother of three was arrested several days after she allegedly kidnapped a newly-born infant in Iloilo City.

Members of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) Special Operations Group (SOG) and Women and Children Protection Desk collared Emelyn Dapudong Tuesday evening at Burgos Street, La Paz district.

Dapudong, a resident of Brgy. Calaparan Zone 12, Arevalo district, said she took the baby away out of pity.

She claimed that the baby boy's 17-year-old mother, a resident of Igbaras town, Iloilo, could not possibly raise him because of poverty.

The suspect also alleged that her child, who was suffering from rheumatic heart disease, got better when she brought the baby boy to their home.

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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE REGIONAL Achievement Tests for this school year in Western Visayas will go on, according to Department of Education 6 Regional Director Mildred Garay.

Garay said that the Dep-Ed in consultation with the different school division superintendents has decided to go on with the holding of the RAT for this school year 2011-2012 to assess the performance of the schoolchildren and to know which subject area needs to be improved on.

She said the order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to discontinue the conduct of the Regional and Division Achievement Tests will take effect next school year 2012-2013.

In his DepEd Order No. 7, Luistro has ordered the discontinuation of all scheduled RAT and DAT or any similar assessment tools used by the regions and the divisions in the public system beginning school year 2012 to 2013 with the start of the transition phase in the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

Luistro said in his directive that the “National Achievement Test held March every year shall be the sole assessment tool that will be recognized in measuring the performance of pupils and students attributing to the performance of individual schools, municipalities, congressional districts, school city divisions, provinces and region.”

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Taxing our sanity

August 28, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

A PUN for unreasonable taxes: “The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin (Mark Twain)”.

No reserve?

August 28, 2014 12:48 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE SUGAR Regulatory Administration has already released its classification of Philippine sugar production. There are three classifications: “A” for the US quota (5%), “B” for the domestic market (90%) and “D” for the world market (5%). Read more...

BPI Official Statement on Suits Filed by Jose Marie Sy

August 28, 2014 12:46 AM

ON JUNE 9, 2014, Mr. Jose Marie Sy, a client of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), filed a civil suit allegedly for damages against BPI. Read more...

SC verdict on ‘hulbot-hulbot’ ban a big win for Defensor

August 28, 2014 12:44 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”- Henry David Thoreau

WE ARE glad that Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. also mentioned, albeit briefly, Read more...

A funny Ombudsman story that won’t go away

August 28, 2014 12:42 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

IN 2001, the Iloilo City government floated a P120-million bond for the construction of 413 houses for city hall employees. Read more...

From digital to personal

August 28, 2014 12:40 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE need to be aware of the dangers of some aspects of our fast-growing digital culture. More than that, we need to be adequately equipped to handle those dangers before they come, when they come and after they have come. Read more...

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