Alamin ang deadline sa pagbabayad ng ‘ECQ Bills’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2020   •   854

MANILA, Philippines – Unti-unti nang bumabalik ang operasyon ng mga negosyo at balik trabaho na rin ang karamihang manggagawa matapos ang ilang buwang pagkatigil ng paggawa dahil sa pandemya ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Subalit ang kinakaharap naman ngayon ng publiko ay ang kabi-kabilang bayarin sa tubig, kuryente, lisensya at iba nang hindi maputulan o mapatawan ng penalty. 

Hindi kailangang mag-alala dahil nagbigay ng palugit ang mga utility company at ahensya ng gobyerno para sa pagbabayad ng tinatawag na ‘ECQ bills’ o ang mga bayarin sa panahon ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Sa mga lifeline customer o mga kumukonsumo ng 10 cubic pababa, nagabiso ang Maynilad at Manila Water na maaring mabayaran ang bills hanggang August 31. 

Ang non-lifeline customers naman o ang mga kmukonsumo ng mas mataas sa 10 cubic meters ay maari pang magbayad hanggang July 31.

Ang mga customer naman ng Meralco ay makatatanggap ng dalawang bill ngayong buwan: isang installment payment plan bill na naglalaman ng kunsumo sa panahon ng ECQ at ang regular na buwanang bill. 

Kung ang konsumo ay 200 kilowatt hour pababa, maaring bayaran o hulugan ng hanggang anim na buwan ang ECQ bill simula June 15. 

Kung ang konsumo naman ay 201 kilowatt hour pataas ay maaring mabayaran ang ECQ bill hanggang apat na buwan. 

Samantala, sa mga nag-file ng 2019 income tax return (ITR) ay maaring makapagbayad hanggang June 15 lamang. 

Paliwanag ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), kailangan ng pamahalaan ng pondo upang tustusan ang mga programa nito kontra COVID-19 kaya hindi na ito magbibigay ng palugit.

Ang mga naipong renta naman, maging commercial o residential, ay maaring hulugan sa loob ng anim na buwan base sa inilabas na guidelines ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Sa mga may lisensya at rehistro ng sasakyan na na-expire sa panahon ng ECQ, maaring mag-renew hanggang August 3 ng walang babayarang penalty, ayon sa paalala ng Land Transportation Office (LTO).

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Pinapayuhan lamang ang publiko na gawing online ang transaksyon nang hindi na magtungo pang personal sa mga opisina at makaiwas sa pagkahawa sa COVID-19. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

Duterte authorizes DOF to firm up US grant for BIR digital transformation

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the Department of Finance (DOF) to enter into talks with the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for a possible $809,450 or about P39-million grant to assist the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in its digital transformation program.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DOF said the president has approved its request for a Special Authority designating and authorizing its senior officials “to negotiate and/or facilitate, in accordance with law, for and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH), with the authorized representatives of the USTDA.”

The Special Authority covers the negotiations for an agreement on the grant of $809,450.00 (approximately P38,850,873.20) by the USTDA for the BIR’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Modernization Strategy and Data Center Technical Assistance Project.

The DOF said that Duterte also designated and authorized Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III or BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay “to conclude, sign, execute and deliver the said Grant Agreement.”

The BIR project aims to modernize the bureau’s infrastructure and operational environment, it added.

“The project funded by the USTDA grant will ensure an in-depth technical assessment of the BIR’s current ICT environment, the development of an Enterprise Architecture roadmap/framework, and an assessment of the organizational framework of the BIR’s Information System Group (ISG) including recommended restructuring and training programs,” the DOF said.

Dominguez has cited the BIR’s digital transformation efforts as among the factors that led to a dramatic improvement of its services to taxpayers and its robust collection performance ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic-induced crisis.

He said the digitally enhanced administrative reforms being undertaken by the BIR are now beginning to pay off by way of the significant improvement in the country’s tax effort from 13 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015 to 14.5 percent of GDP in 2019.

The digital switch has also led to the more convenient and efficient electronic filing of tax payments, especially during this coronavirus pandemic, he added.

Starting February 14 last year, the BIR allowed the use of the PayMaya mobile application as an additional electronic payment channel for tax payments.

On top of PayMaya, these other e-payment tools are GCash, LandBank Linkbiz, DBP PayTax, Union Bank Online and PESONet.

The BIR has also improved the tax forms deployed in the e-BIR Forms System to make the filing of tax returns more accessible and convenient to taxpayers.

It began the pilot implementation in April 21 last year of its web-based Internal Revenue Integrated System (IRIS) that will be the central tool and repository to process taxpayers’ information, the DOF said.

The IRIS is targeted to be available nationwide by the end of 2021.

The Finance department added that an Electronic Audited Financial System (eAFS) was also launched last June 1 to allow business taxpayers to electronically submit their financial statements to the BIR.

The BIR also launched on October 19 its eAppointment Facility which aims to enable taxpayers to continue consulting revenue officials on their tax-related concerns even with the mobility restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In November 2020, the BIR also opened its web-based Procurement, Payment, Inventory and Monitoring System (PPIMS) and its Online Application for Tax Clearance for Bidding Purposes (eTCBP), according to the DOF.

LTO extends validity of student permits and driver’s license until March 31

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the validity of student permits and driver’s licenses until March 31.

This is the third time the LTO has extended the validity of student permits and licenses of drivers and conductors due to the restrictions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension covers individuals aged 17 to 20 years old and individuals aged 60 years old and above since they are advised to remain at home during the quarantine period.

In May last year, the LTO extended the validity of permits and licenses up to 60 days. Then again in October, the agency further extended the validity to December 31. AAC

Manila Water clients to enjoy up to P3.06 savings in January bill

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Water Services is imposing tariff reduction on its clients’ January water bill.

Based on the company’s computation, a 14-centavo cubic meter tariff reduction is possible following the foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA) which at present has reached 19-centavos per cubic meter.

This means residential customers with average consumption of 30 cubic meters per month will have P3.06 savings in their January bill.

Likewise, those who consume an average of 20 cubic meters per month will have P1.70 savings and P0.76 savings for those consuming an average of 10 cubic meters per month.

Meanwhile, lifeline customers or low-income residential consumers who consume 10 cubic meters or less per month are exempted from the FCDA.

This means that their lifeline rate will remain at P87 per month.

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