Angeles eyes additional revenues with GIS-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan disclosed recently that the City Government of Angeles is eyeing additional revenues using its Geographic Information System or GIS.
The GIS, he said, uses information and tracking equipment attached to a balloon to properly pinpoint land areas and usage that would result to the appropriate classification and the true real property tax due.
"We are looking at an additional P300 million to P400 million or generate about a total of P1.4 billion using the GIS. It is a system where you could actually see structures in a particular area. Kung minsan kasi, declared pa as agricultural or residential iyun eh, may nakatayo na palang commercial building or hotel," Pamintuan noted.
In 1995, he added, the real property tax valuation was only P80 per square meter, necessitating an increase recently.
"The valuation in the city now has risen, up to I think P500 per square meter on prime areas. The extra revenue will help fund the city's major projects and programs in the next three years," he said.
Priorities of the City Government, Pamintuan stressed, include beautification and peace and order, as well as sustaining education and health programs.
"We are doing this for all classes and make Angeles City a true green city and preferred destination in the country," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 02, 2013.