2 more Pampanga towns go digital on RPT collection

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


MEXICO -- The Municipal Governments of Mexico and San Simon on Thursday embraced German-made Integrated Taxation Management System (iTAX) that aims to boost local Real Property Tax (RPT) and bring in millions in local revenues.

Pineda led the launching of the iTax systems in Mexico and San Simon towns. The German-made system aims to fully solve problems in RPT computations and fully digitalize other tax collections in the municipality. The iTax was initially implemented in Minalin and Sta. Rita in 2013 and will also be implemented in other parts of the province these coming months.

In Sta. Rita town, which launched the system last year, recorded almost 50 percent hike in their RPT collection for 2013. Sta. Rita town collected P2, 821,393.07 RPT in 2013 compared to 1,883,537.77 in 2012, increasing by 49.79 percent. The other ITAX-using towns of Macabebe, Minalin and San Luis recorded increases of 17.28, 10.40 and 27.89 percents, respectively, in the same period.

The Pineda administration embraced the iTAX system two years ago to improve Pampanga's RPT collection, which was at some P28 in 2010.

Currently, there are only 300 municipalities out of the 1,500 all over the country that use the iTax system. The iTAX is present in some 11 provinces of the country with Pampanga being the 4th province in Luzon to implement the system along with La Union, Pangasinan and Mindoro Oriental.

Other provinces with iTax systems are Negros Oriental, Cebu, Southern Leyte and Leyte in Visayas and Misamis Oriental, Lanao Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur in Mindanao are also using the ITAX system designed to effectively collect RPTs and other tax-generating schemes of LGUs.

"Better RPT collection will really complement the quarry revenues expected to reach P1 billion in March. The revenues on the sand and quarry industry are at the highest-ever recorded in Pampanga and the collection averages P25 million monthly," Pineda said.

Pampanga's revenue on RPT is projected within P45 million this 2014 due to implementation of the ITAX in the four local government units alone, said Pineda. The projected RPT income this year represents the 35 percent share of Pampanga.

Pineda, who first became governor in 2010, said that the high quarry revenues and the rising RPT collection will fund the projects and programs designed to "quickly and efficiently" deliver all facets of public services to the some two million Pampanga residents. She launched in January 2014 the “Kapitolyo sa Barangay” aimed at bringing services closer to the people, especially the poor ones.

"Taxation is the lifeblood of all government units," committee on ways and means chairperson 3rd District Board Member Rosve Henson said.

He agreed with Pineda that more income on RPT means more services under a transparent and effective Pineda government.

In the launching at the Mexico Municipal Hall, officials led by Mayor Roy Manalastas said they are projecting some P46 million RPT collections for 2014.

In San Simon, Mayor Leonora Wong said they collected some P8 million RPT in 2013. Municipal treasurer Roel Maniacup disclosed that they are targeting to collect more than P11 million in RPT in 2014.

Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) President and Apalit Mayor Oscar “Jun” Tetangco, Board Members Mike Tapang, Gerome Tubig, Ric Yabut and Tonton Torres and former Board Members Trina Tiglao-Dizon, Raul Macalino and Fritzie David-Dizon and former City of San Fernando Councilor Bernie Castro joined Pineda in the twin launches.

Engr. Romeo Dizon, provincial assessor, said the software made in Germany will be distributed in Pampanga’s 19 towns.

IT consultant of Pampanga Ryan Concepcion disclosed that the iTAX will be launched at Guagua, Sasmuan, Arayat and Bacolor towns this year.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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