Business sector seeks tax break

WITH strict orders to limit operations, the hotel and restaurant industry is asking leeway for taxes.

Jeff Ng of Hotel Supreme during a meeting with industry sector representatives asked the city government for possible subsidy on taxes due to cash advances now being made for employees from different establishments.

“We are asking if it is possible to facilitate the subsidy through next year’s business taxes,” Ng said.

Ng said for Hotel Supreme alone, flexible schedules were adopted while extending special cash advances to all employees have been implemented depending on their needs.

Restaurants and cafes have been asked limit operations to take out orders and delivery orders only.

During the meeting, industry stakeholders bemoaned zero occupancy in their establishments and cancellation of events.

Guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine also dictate no social gatherings to take place with restrictions on movement limited to residences unless reasons are essential to work, buying of provisions, medical purposes and important errands.

Non-essential social gatherings held in parks, recreation centers, the hospitality industry, conferences, function halls and similar venues are disallowed.

Religious institutions and groups are encouraged to defer mass, gatherings and find alternative methods to practice worship such as online masses and means that will not require assembly of large crowds.

Ordered closed were bars, KTV, movie houses, cocktail lounges, schools, review centers and institutions of learning. Sports facilities, basketball and badminton courts, billiard halls, gyms, swimming pools with spas, salons, massage parlors.

Limited operations have been given groceries, stores, supermarkets and 24/7 convenience stores. Pharmacies, drug stores and medical supply stores, banks and financial institutions, general merchandise, retail and hardware stores, pawnshops, internet shops, medical clinics, diagnostic centers, laboratories and funeral homes.

Small town lottery has also been suspended.

Public parks have been closed last week to avoid movement of people and dissuade loitering on the streets.


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