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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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DTI reminds businessmen to follow SRPs of holiday products

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) made rounds in various markets in Quezon City earlier this Tuesday to monitor the prices of products in-demand this holiday season.

The DTI aims to determine if vendors follow the agency’s suggested retail prices (SRP).

Products being monitored by DTI include ham, fruit cocktail, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, queso de bola, pasta, spaghetti sauce, and tomato sauce, among others.

“Sana makiisa ang ating mga manininda katulad ng malalaking grocery pati iyong maliliit. Service-oriented tayo. Sundin natin ang sinasabing SRP dahil nakapaloob na diyan ang kita ng ating manininda,” DTI Undersecretary Teodoro Pascua said.

(Although SRP is a guide, we will be compelled to inquire why they increased the SRP. I hope vendors will cooperate including the big grocery stores and the small ones. We are service-oriented. Let’s follow the SRP because incorporated in that are the revenues of the vendors.)

DTI will issue a show cause order to those found not following suggested retail prices. Violators will also face fines of P20,00 to P1-million.

The SRP of products can be found on the website of the agency at www.dti.gov.ph.

According to DTI Undersecretary Teodoro Pascua, the agency sees no possible increase in the prices of in-demand products until the year ends.

“Sa SRP, hindi na kami gagalaw, ang DTI. Hindi na po magbabago iyan, siguro hanggang bagong taon na iyan,” Pascua said.

(In terms of the SRP, the DTI will not change it. It will remain maybe until the year ends.)

The DTI, meanwhile, reminds consumers to do their shopping as early as possible to avoid inconvenience. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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QC gov’t to strictly implement ban on fireworks, pyrotechnics in December

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The local government of Quezon City is just waiting for the completion of the Implementing Rules and Regulations or IRR of the ordinance banning the use of firecrackers in public areas before enforcing it next month.

The City Ordinance 2618 considers roads, alleys, parks, basketball courts, among others, as public areas.

According to the author of the law, 2nd District Councilor Rannie Ludovica, the new regulation aims to help the public avoid accidents, and reduce the pollution caused by firecrackers.

“The safety of ordinary citizens and motorists are threatened because of firecrackers being thrown on the road.  Imagine if you were driving and firecrackers are thrown at you or someone will put “sawa” (a long string of firecrackers) on the road,” QC 2nd District Coun. Rannie Ludovica said.

Under the ordinance, the city government will designate a community display area where residents could conduct fireworks display or pyrotechnics. One designated community display area is the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The regulation mandates the apprehension of individuals caught selling firecrackers without permits in public places.

First-time violators will face a penalty of community service.

Those who will be caught committing the violation twice will have to pay a fine of P1-thousand to P2-thousand with a community service.

Third-time violators will have to pay P5-thousand with imprisonment.

Some residents consider the ordinance as a convenience.

“It’s better if they will totally ban it so no one would get injured,” QC resident Adolfo Cogaya said.

“You will be shocked sometimes because you don’t know that the firecracker is already in front of you. Sometimes, you will get injured,” QC resident Benedicta Asis said.

Village chieftains will be in charge of monitoring the enforcement of the law.

It can be recalled that last June, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Number 28 which limits the use of firecrackers in the country to community fireworks display. – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue

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Quezon City LGU to request PNP assistance on anti-illegal drug operations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte

MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Quezon City will bring to Malacañang this week a resolution approved by its city council.

The resolution seeks to ask President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help in the anti-illegal drugs operations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The village officials in the city claim they noticed a rise in the number of drug users in the short period that the task of conducting anti-drugs operation was transferred to PDEA.

“Our worry is that when we conduct arrest they will retaliate because there is no longer policemen involved. The drug surrenderers who tested negative before have now tested positive,” Liga ng mga Barangay president, Ricardo Corpuz said.

In the entire Quezon City, only nine PDEA agents are assigned, compared to the 5,0000 cops.

The local government fears the problem on illegal drugs might get worse in the city.

For now, 19 villages in Quezon City have been declared drug-free. However, city officials claim the efforts to reduce drug use will be put to waste if there is lack of support in the campaign against illegal drugs.

“Of course, the cops if they are not active in the drug operation. Lawless elements will be encouraged to go back to their old criminal habits,” QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

According to PDEA, the President’s approval to allow PNP to join them in anti-drug operations would be a big help.

“The biggest challenge is that we lack manpower. That’s why we are encouraging the barangay officials to help us fight illegal drugs,” NCR-PDEA Regional Dir. Ismael Fajardo said.

The PNP on the other hand said, it is ready to return to the anti-drug campaign scene once the President allows them to do so.

“The locale government of Quezon City, they are aware of the enormity of problem and they know what their policemen did. They trusts their polilocalNP Chief PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said.

While waiting for the response of the President to their request, the Quezon City government calls on the public to help them by reporting to authorities anyone who is involved in illegal drug activities. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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