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Increase in QC real property taxes puzzles homeowners’ associations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

QUEZON CITY – Members of the Quezon City Homeowners Association have not anticipated the increase in real property taxes in Quezon City.

That is why the Supreme Court’s order to suspend the implementation of said increase is a big of relief for them.

“The taxation is really exorbitant because there are some areas that are complaining. Homeowners associations that belong to us, their tax has been 500%. If you look at mine it’s 67%,” said Alliance of QC-HOA president, Gloria Soriano as she showed the real property taxes she had paid.

Soriano paid P8,640 pesos in the first three months of this year, which is higher than the P5,832 pesos she paid during the same period in 2016.

An official receipt shows the increase in basic tax, special education fund and idle land tax.

Soriano said the city hall consulted them in the last quarter of 2016 regarding the tax increase. However, the city hall did not consider the association’s position.

The also find the revenues from the increase of real property taxes, questionable.

“The usual answer is, it will go to general fund. What is that general fund? Let us define it. And then where does it go if there is a kind of honest transparency?” asked Soriano.

Quezon City Hall Administrator Aldrin Cuna said, “Once collected, it is now appropriated by the finance committee and the city council through the budget ordinance, of where they will be allocated — whether it goes to garbage collection, day care centers.”

Cuna explained that the fair market value of the lands in the city has to increase, which consequently prompts them to increase the real property tax.

“Under the Local Government Code, revision of the fair market value should be done, once every 3 years, and we had to wait 25 years before we can update the fair market values,” Cuna added.

The city hall has received the Supreme Court ruling and will ask for the copy of the petition so that they can send their reply on the issue. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV News and Rescue teams provides first aid to accident victims in QC and CDO

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Mark Allan Galang was crossing the street when he was hit by a motorcycle along Congressional Avenue Corner Sinagtala Street, Project 8, in Quezon City on February 12,  4 am.

Galang sustained bruises and injuries in various parts of his body.

He also suffered back pains.

UNTV News and Rescue gave first aid to the victim before rushing him to the East Avenue Medical Center.

The rescue team also provided first aid to the wounds of the motorcycle driver and the one hitching a ride.

Meanwhile, in Cagayan de Oro, Oro Rescue and the UNTV News and Rescue team jointly responded to an accident involving Rey Babanto and Kenneth Payot who were riding a motorcycle when they were hit by a tricycle at 2 am.

Babanto and Payot were traversing the stretch of Vamenta Boulevard when they were hit by the tricycle.

After receiving first aid, the victims were rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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NFA assures enough supply of rice

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Upon making rounds in some markets in Quezon City, the UNTV News Team has found out that supply of NFA rice has been running low among National Food Authority (NFA) rice retailers.

Such is true in Muñoz market, where there has been no supply of NFA rice for two weeks now.

In Balintawak market, only a few rice retailers have NFA rice in stock.

According to retailer Rina David, in one month’s time, the whole stock will be consumed already.

“Iyan lang ang hinahanap ng mga tao kasi kapag mahal ang mga commercial [rice], NFA [rice] ang hinahanap nila (People prefer the NFA rice because it is cheaper than commercial rice),” rice retailer Rina David said.

But according to the NFA, the public should not be alarmed in spite of the suspension of supplying NFA rice to Metro Manila retailers.

NFA spokesperson, Rebecca Olarte said the agency is prioritizing to supply calamity-hit areas more than that in the markets.

Olarte, however, clarified that there is no rice shortage in the country.

“Ang pagkawalang NFA rice sa palengke hindi naman indicator ito na hindi na sumasapat ang ani natin dito sa ating bansa (The absence of NFA rice in markets is not an indicator that there is an insufficient yield in the country), ” she said.

“Kung sa kabuoan ngang supply, ang commercial at saka yung nasa bahay-bahay, sobra-sobra pa naman (If you add up the stock in commercial establishments and private homes, the total supply is more than enough). Hindi naman tayo mauubusan, hindi naman tayo mawawalan (We will not run out of supply). Walang reason para mag-panic (There’s no reason to panic),” Olarte added.

Some NFA rice consumers, like Merilou Ordinario, are left with no choice but to buy commercial rice, which is P12 more expensive than the P27 per kilo of NFA rice.

“Eh mapipilitan, wala naming mabibili na eh ayaw nilang pagbilhan yung tao, anong magagawa nung tao (If they won’t sell to us, what can we do)?” said consumer, Merilou Ordinario

Olarte assured that the NFA has been taking measures to have NFA rice available in the market at the soonest possible time, although she admits, it is not that easy. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue


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Several barangays in Quezon City will not designate firecracker zones this year

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The officials of barangay Culiat in Quezon City said the strict prohibition on firecracker use is key to avoiding firecracker-related injuries during the holiday revelry, rather than designating a specific area for the use of firecrackers.

“Their firecrackers will be confiscated,” Brgy. Culiat Executive Officer Paul Bernardo said.

Unlike in Quezon City, a basketball court has been designated as a firecracker zone inBarangayy 95, Caloocan City.

The officials of the barangay said since firecracker zones have been designated in 2010, they have not recorded any injuries annually.

“A fire incident almost happened, so we began prohibiting the use of firecracker around residences,” Brgy. 95 Deputy Team Leader Paul Nobles said.

Meanwhile, in Barangay Bagbag, officials will impose for the first time, a total ban on firecrackers.

“We will make use of motorcycles to rove the streets and distribute fliers to the residents,” Brgy. Bagbag Executive Officer Leopoldo Musnit said.

Quezon City Administrator Aldrin Cuña meanwhile clarified that the Quezon City local government is not implementing a total ban on the use of firecrackers.

Although the use of firecrackers in public places within Quezon City is prohibited in accordance with City Ordinance 2618, a community display area may be designated.

The city government leaves it to the officials in every barangay whether they would impose a total ban of firecracker use in their vicinity.

“Nothing stops the barangays to impose a total ban. Now it’s the question of how efficiently they can impose their ban,” Cuña said. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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