Friday, May 13, 2011

Gov. Espino asks SP to extend RPT payment to 5 years

LINGAYEN---Gov. AmadoT. Espino, Jr. has disclosed that the province is inclined to effect a staggered scheme of implementation of the general revision on real property taxes in five years from 2011 to 2015 in response to the clamor of the Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay to the provincial government to implement a gradual application of the general revisions of the real property tax assessment.

Gov. Espino made the announcement in a press conference with members of the Pangasinan media last May 10 at the provincial information office here.

He said that the Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay is requesting for a 3-year staggered implementation of the revision of the real property tax.

“In my earlier talks with the provincial board, the Governor bared that rather than extending the implementation to three years, they may do it in five years.”

The governor said he will also push for another provincial ordinance through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to condone all penalties of the taxpayers on their present and previous unpaid real property taxes.

Gov. Espino called the press conference to clarify previous issues made by some sectors on the general revisions implemented by the province to update real property tax values based on provincial ordinance 146-2010 of the SP or the General Revision of Real Property Assessment (RPTA) and Classification for the Province.

At the press con, Gov. Espino has reiterated that the revision of tax assessment was an act on the part of the province to comply with the law which provides that local government units must implement general revision of RPTA every three years.

He said the tax update cannot be postponed anymore due to the memorandum from the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Finance reminding the province of Pangasinan to update its real property tax assessment.

The provincial chief executive lamented that some sectors have been using the farmers to malign the provincial government saying “it’s unfair for the provincial government to be slapped with malicious and unfounded speculations when in fact the current administration has done its part in making things lighter for Pangasinense taxpayers.”

He also said that he had no chance to dialogue with the opposing sector because they went directly to the media without consulting with the provincial government.

Amid the anti RPT issues, Gov. Espino noted that the province is yet to receive a formal complaint against the tax revision “not even on the part of the farmers,” the governor stressed.

Towards this end, Gov. Espino called on his detractors to stop playing politics using the RPT issue and other programs of the provincial government.

He said the province has been doing its best to show to the people of Pangasinan that all the sacrifices being done is a manifestation of the provincial government’s sincere intention to uplift the living condition of all Pangasinenses. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)  

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