ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. gave a total of P508,000 cash prizes on Monday, April 10, to top performing municipalities in treasury and assessment for calendar year 2016.

The awarding ceremony, held at the ground floor of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, was part of the celebration of 116th foundation anniversary of the Provincial Government.

The top performers in realty tax collection, prompt remittance of provincial tax shares, tax record management, and collection of annual fixed tax on delivery trucks and vans were given a maximum of P15,000 cash prize.

In the Realty Tax Collection Category A, the town of Sta. Barbara came first followed by the town of Barotac Nuevo and the town of Dingle as third.

In the Realty Tax Collection Category B, Banate town came in first, followed by New Lucena town and Badiangan town which came in third.

In Prompt Remittance of Provincial Tax Shares, the top performers were Bingawan town (first), Cabatuan town (second) and Mina town (third).

The top performers in Tax Record Management were Estancia town (first), Cabatuan town (second), and Mina town (third).

And in Collection of Annual Fixed Tax on Delivery Trucks and Vans, the town of Pavia came in first, followed by the towns of Cabatuan and Zarraga, second and third respectively.

Oton took the Hall of Fame Award in Tax Records Management and San Enrique got the special award for the most active municipality in the conduct of real property tax campaigns in barangays.

Mina bagged the award for the early submission of E-SRE reports, while its E-SRE focal person Nanette Dable was recognized as the most active focal person along with San Enrique’s RPT focal person Belinda Baban.

Plaques of recognition were also awarded to the province’s top real property taxpayers and top business taxpayers. Among these were the following:

Real Property Taxpayers

First – San Buena Integrated Farm Inc. in Banate (P5.3-million)

Second – National Irrigation Administration in Oton (P5-million)

Third – Universal Robina Corp. in San Enrique (3.7-million)

Business Taxpayers

First – Coca-Cola Bottlers Femsa Philippines Inc. in Pavia (P9.9-million)

Second – 8990 Housing Development Corp. in Pavia (5.3-million)

Third – Pepsi Cola Products Phils. Inc. in San Miguel (4.2-million)

The recognition of top performers in treasury and assessment is observed annually to promote productivity, particularly in tax collection and revenue generation and to encourage outstanding performance in different treasury services. (Jezza Nepomoceno)