The Tacurong City Treasury Office (CTO) has collected PhP 71.6M from tax and non-tax revenues, 103% greater than the FY 2013 target PhP 69.2M as of 18 November, reports CTO Administrative Officer Romulo Paclibar.

By achieving local revenue collection target, the city government is able to sustain its operational expenditures on its programs and projects.

According to City Treasurer Jessie P. Batchar, this achievement is a primary effect of the effective implementation of the Local Revenue Code. The city revenue code was amended in 2012 and was fully implemented this year.

Among the collection strategies that the office employs, Paclibar cited the conduct of house-to-house tax bills distribution and house-to-house collection as an effective means to achieve collection efficiency. “Sometimes it is not enough to just post notices. We have to reach out, and we do it in a very professional manner,” Paclibar said.

The office also continues to enhance its tax education campaign in coordination with schools and barangays in the city. “We conduct our campaign throughout the year, asking time slots during barangays’ general assembly and parents-teachers meetings,” Paclibar added.

Tax revenues include real property tax and business and other taxes while non-tax revenues include regulatory fees, service or user charges, and receipts from economic enterprises and other fees.
The office expects to increase the collection efficiency in the remaining days of FY 2013.

Jezereel Louise C. Billano (LGU-Information)