Revenue bureau to issue new zonal valuation

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Friday, May 21, 2010

AFTER 13 years, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Davao City is all set to release a new zonal valuation within the next few months.

"But we would like to consult with the people if the new values will be acceptable to them," Rodrigo Rivamonte, assistant regional director for BIR-Southern Mindanao, told Sun.Star Davao.

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"The existing zonal values that we have right now are no longer realistic; there is already a tremendous gap," he said.

A process, which started last 2008, was set out by the BIR to map out all areas of Davao City -- from the prime areas of the city proper to the farthest boondocks of the city.

Rivamonte said a public consultation has been scheduled for Monday.

"Not only because it is required by law, but more importantly, we want to know the sentiments of the people regarding the proposed zonal values. No one wants taxes but it is the lifeblood of government and it is mandated by law," Rivamonte said.

On Monday, the BIR will conduct a public consultation at the Linmarr Apartelle, along Lakandula St. in Agdao District.

"We want all the stakeholders to come, which is generally everyone, to come and ask the questions to clarify certain points and for us all to arrive at a better zonal valuation," Rivamonte said.

A sub-technical committee for real property valuation was created to oversee the proposed zonal valuations. The committee is chaired by Rivamonte, co-chaired by Abilia Bentulan and Noel Gonzales, both revenue district officers of Davao City.

Other members of the committee include Alfonso Nonato, Manuel Cinco, Leah Parreno, Teresita Manungas, Melquiades Gujilde Jr., Grecio Paul Diaz, Beverlie Montebon, Anecito Calonia Jr., Eddie Galera II, Christine Camina, Juan Frivaldo, Conrad Mulit, James Cuadra, Dexter Ng, Virginia Rosalita, and Fe Toreno.

Rivamonte added that to check on the proposed zonal values for a certain property, one can simply log on to

Revenue bureau issue new zonal valuation

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