Pampanga among top provinces with high local income

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The provincial government of Pampanga has been recognized by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) as among the top-performing provinces in terms of locally sourced revenues (LSR) for 2021.

This was gleaned during the awarding ceremonies held at the Philippine International Convention Center on Wednesday, October 26.

In behalf of Governor Dennis Pineda, Special Assistant to the Governor Angelina Blanco along with provincial treasurer, Pia Magdalena Quibal accepted the award.

Pampanga was ranked third in the said performance area as it had collected some ?1,447,410,000 in 2021 which was at 103.7 percent collection efficiency, surpassing its target of ?1,396,420.

Pampanga is among the top five provinces in terms of collection efficiency.

"Nakuha natin ito, because of our provincial officials—the governor, the vice governor, the members of the sangguniang panlalawigan, and the Capitol employees, especially the office of the treasurer and the office of the assessor. Sa tulong nila, marami tayong naipasok na pera from locally-sourced revenues," Blanco said.

Rizal, Bulacan, Quezon, Bataan, Batangas, Iloilo, Cavite, Bukidnon, and Cebu were also honored as provinces with the highest LSR.

Pampanga followed Cebu, Quirino, Aklan, and Capiz in collection efficiency.

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating mga Cabalen for being efficient in paying their taxes. 'Yung pong taxes na ibinabayad ninyo sa provincial government, in return po, ibinabalik namin sa inyo in the form of basic services, medical and educational assistance, and infrastructure, like roads, bridges, schools, and health facilities. Makaaasa po kayo na ang mga revenues na nakukuha ng probinsiya ay maibabalik po para sa kapakanan ng mga Kapampangan," Blanco said.

The awarding was held in conjunction with the BLGF's 35th anniversary celebration, which was themed "Driving LGUs Toward Digital Transformation and Innovation.

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