Barangay clearance becomes milking cow

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Some areas in the metropolis give away barangay clearance for free but in Quezon City villages, such clearance is a “milking cow.”

A puzzled building contractor sought help of The Manila Times for clarification on how the barangay clearance is issued. He said his project in Barangay Kaunlaran (District 4) will cost him P11,000 for the clearance but nearby Barangay Santol (in the same district) charges him P1,500 for clearance.

In Barangay Bahay Toro of the district headed by reelected councilor Victor “Jun” Ferrer, barangay clearance is a “fixed affordable” amount.

Ferrer explained that every barangay in the city receive their share of the Internal Revenue Allotment.

Barangay Kaunlaran treasurer Virginia Alfajor reasons that the clearance is based on their barangay council-drawn revenue code that slaps P30 for every square meter of project to be built in the barangay.

Whether the city mayor or council approved the barangay revenue code, Alfajaro did not confirm.

Ferrer, on the other hand, pointed out that the city government exacts business and projects permit based on a per square meter basis, and doubling or trebling a project’s cost in revenues for government would deter development.

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