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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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    Farmers sell cheaper agricultural products in Quezon City

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — Consumers flocked to TienDA Farmers’ and Fisherfolks Outlet at the grounds of Agricultural Training Institute in Eliptical Road, Quezon City on Thursday.

    Around 90 farmers and fisher folks from different parts of the country have brought their products so that the public can buy them at a lower price. This is because there is no middleman required.

    For instance, a kilogram of eggplant can be bought here for only P35, as compared to P100 per kilo in regular markets

    Pechay Baguio costs P45 per kilo same with a kilogram of onion, while a kilo of avocado only costs P50.

    This system is also beneficial to farmers as they earn 25% more.

    “Mas malaki po ang kita namin kesa yung ibagsak po namin sa mga market ,” said farmer Hilda Lucero-Jalo. (We earn more than if we sell it in the market.)


    Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and other DA officials initiated the eating of duck meat from Candaba, Pampanga to show that they are safe for consumption.

    “Kaya nga nagbibigay kami ngayon ng free tasting to show that it’s safe,” DA Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. (That is why we are conducting free tasting to show that its safe.)

    The TienDA outlet will serve the public until Friday from 8am to 5pm.

    DA also plans to do it on a regular basis in different parts of the country. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

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    Price of dressed chicken in wet markets in QC drops following bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017


    The price of dressed chicken in some wet markets in Quezon City has been reduced by 20 to 30 pesos after the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed last week the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga.

    In Mega-Qmart for example, from 140-150 pesos per kilo, chicken now only costs 130-135 pesos.

    Some vendors said some of their customers might have been affected by the threat of the disease in Pampanga.

    “We have not sold even half of our products, i think many people are afraid to buy chicken because of the bird flu,” vendor Michelle Peralta said.

    Aling Ludy, for example, has cut the price of her chicken to P120 per kilo from P150 just to entice customers to buy from her.

    “Because sales are low but we need to earn, we sell them at a very low price,” Ludy Gonzaga said.

    Monday morning, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) inspected two wet markets and one supermarket in Quezon City to check on the price of chicken.

    DTI Undersecretary Ted Pascua clarified that the public has no reason to worry because supplies in these markets come from Tarlac and Bataan.

    Vendors also have national meat inspection service certificates to show that their meat products are safe to consume.

    “The public should continue patronizing chicken, especially that the quality is evident, aside from branded products, some wet markets have quality management system,” Pascua said.

    DTI said they will continue to conduct inspection in other markets.

    While the public seems to be worrying over safety of chicken meat sold in markets, the Department of Health (DOH) clarifies that eating chicken itself will not cause the transmission of the disease to humans.

    “We understand that in the following days, the sale of chicken might be slower, because the right information is not reaching the people. Eating chicken will not cause the transmission of the bird flu virus,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Tayag.— Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Residents of Brgy. Roxas in Quezon City return to their homes

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2017


    Residents living along rivers in Barangay Roxas in Quezon City have already returned to their homes.

    They were forced to evacuate to the barangay covered court when the nearby river burst it banks raising floodwater to waist level.

    But residents said they are already used to evacuate and then return to their homes when the floodwater subsides after a heavy rain.

    “Nililigpit na na namin nilalagay na namin sa iisang lalagyan tapos akyat na namin sa taas tapos kapag alam namin na bababa na ang tubig naglilinis na kami ayon display na naman ulit,” said by a resident named Cresencia Cruz.

    Barangay officials continue to make rounds to check on affected residents.

    But residents said they are already used to evacuate and then return to their homes when the floodwater subsides after a heavy rain.

    Like Ms. Cresencsia who has been living near the river since 1979, she said she already cleared her products and put her clothes inside plastic bags.

    Cresensia said she already learned her lesson when typhoon Ondoy struck the country, which caused heavy floods and carried their things away.

    R. Papa St. in Manila also submerged in gutter deep floodwater at ten in the morning earlier. Even parts of Quaipo were also hit by floods. – UNTV News and Rescue

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