The author of a proposal slapping an annual garbage fee to Quezon City real property owners defended on Friday his measure claiming the proceeds of the ordinance will augment looming high cost of providing free educations to city residents with the implementation of K-to-12.
“This is also to instill in our minds that we have a ‘shared responsibility’ with [sic]regards to our garbage or waste products,” First District Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. chairman of the city council’s Committee on Ways and Means said.
He added that while the city incurred a P1.1-billion expenditure to yearly garbage collection, only P103 million are being sourced from payments of garbage collections from business taxpayers.
“The expected and estimated P60 million that will be generated from this measure will help us augment the budget for education, building more class rooms to prepare us for the implementation of DepEd’s [Department of Education’s] K-to-12 program,” Ferrer told The Manila Times.
With an estimated 65,000 establishments to pay their business tax only from January 1 to 20, Ferrer said he will strongly push for the extension of the business tax payment to January 31.
He explained that under the local government code business taxpayers should pay their dues from January 1 to 20 to avoid paying additional penalties.
Ferrer said that he would also request Mayor Herbert Bautista to allow the installation of satellite business tax payment offices to provide comfort to the taxpayers.
“The taxpayers are the government’s partners in nation building. I would like to accord them with the outmost possible comfort when they pay their taxes. Also, I do not want the city government to be bombarded anew with criticisms as the payment adjustment process resulted into long queues last year,” Ferrer said.
He also urged the public to pay their real property tax before the March 31 deadline to avail of the 20 percent discounts offered by the city government and avoid the long queue of taxpayers beating the payment deadline.
Ferrer cautioned the public that being negligent in the payment of appropriate taxes can lead to distractions like disruptions in once daily routines, payment of penalties and possible jail terms.
“If you don’t pay what you owe because of carelessness or disregard, you will have to pay for the interest or face other unfavorable consequences,” Ferrer noted.
He exhorted the public to settle their tax obligations honestly, promptly and accurately saying that duping the government through tax fraud hampers the improvement and development projects causing further degeneration in the country’s economy.
Ferrer stressed that having a sound economy will entice foreign and local businessmen to invest in the country, opening more job opportunities locally and alleviating the people’s economic status.