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At Close Range
Sunday, October 27, 2013
A PROMINENT news item in a local paper (October 25 to 26) jolted key officials of the Mabalacat City Government where the City was allegedly tagged as fiscally delinquent in view of its alleged non remittance of the share of the Provincial Government of the real property taxes thus far collected.
In a swift reaction to the item, City Administrator Rosan Paquia conveyed the not-so-encouraging news to GSO chief and Internal Control Head Jun Magbalot who forthwith requested the former to do some research and formulate a focused rely to the item. Rosan did so as requested as dipped his fingers into old letters stating that indeed the City Government has been much aware of the discrepancy and had in fact moved swiftly to rectify the so-called non remittance. The letters unearthed by the CA showed that as early as September 2012, there was already a move by the City Government to settle the issue and make arrangements to liquidate whatever was owing to the Provincial Government. There were indeed payments to settle albeit partially the so-called unremitted share of the province on the collected real property taxes.
In addition, I remember City Accountant Ted David telling me that there should be some sort of reconciliation of the books so as to arrive at the near accurate amount of the real property tax collections needed to be remitted to the provincial government.
A response to the item was done pronto and sent to the proper office with the request that it be given equal space in the local paper. So there.
It is true that Mabalacat City has its share of financial problems and any active local government unit, for that matter, but its officials are sensitive and responsive to any observation, comment or suggestion pertaining to its operations much so on its financial obligations. With the entry of Internal Controller Jun Magbalot, every account is now being diligently looked into, reviewed and scrutinized so as to avoid any embarrassment, oversight or outright neglect. As it is now, payments on payables are scheduled and the dates of payment religiously observed. This way, says Jun M, the funds of the City Government are properly monitored and prudently spent. A tough task indeed for everyone concerned. I just hope this conscious fiscal monitoring continues and keep the ship of government steady and above financial waters. Mayor Marino "Boking" favors fiscal restraint and it now shows in the daily city government operations. He definitely wants to see the city remain robust and confidently ongoing. Need I say more?
The observance of the anniversary of the Goddess of Peace at Lily Hill, Clarkfield, Mabalacat City last Friday, at the instance of Mabalacat Tourism Officer Guy Hilbero, was attended as usual by Japanese dignitaries and were welcomed by Mayor Boking Morales. I must say that this is one event which is a plus for Mabalacat's tourism drive. I suggest that Guy initiates other activities that aim to maximize the city's tourism potentials and get the new city to be known worldwide. More of our kababayans, including Robert S. Paquia, should now be planning their travel to the Philippines, particularly to Mabalacat City.
Today is D Day for village officials, being election day for our new set of chairman and kagawad. I have observed that there are relatively young candidates, inspired and enthusiastic and are itching to become public servants: Nic Flores Manansala will test his mettle against incumbent Jun David, as will comebacking Ading Magsino versus kapitan Jessie Duran. In Tabun, another Magsino (Jerry) will contest the chairmanship with incumbent Rannie de Leon. Of course, Davidson will fight fiercely against Pie Pascual at San Joaquin. This is one tiff we should watch. Let us all go out and exercise our right to vote!
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 28, 2013.