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
PNP names Ormoc, Cotabato, Puerto Princesa safest cities in PH
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.
Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.
PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.
“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.
(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)
Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.
“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.
(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)
Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.
Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. –Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
QC fire leaves 300 families homeless
Fire engulfed a residential area in Sitio Palanas, Barangay Vasra, North Avenue in Quezon City
Quezon City, Philippines – Around 300 families were left homeless by a raging fire that engulfed a residential area in Sitio Palanas, Barangay Vasra, North Avenue in Quezon City Wednesday night, May 23.
Initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) revealed that the fire started from the third floor of a three-storey house at around 5:00 p.m. and swiftly spread to a line of houses made of light materials.
“Sa kabilang bahay meron daw palang merong nag-aaway na mag-asawa. Tiningnan namin baka mamaya may naiwan sila noong umalis,” explained QC Fire District’s FInsp. Rosendo Cabillion.
(A couple next door had been fighting. We are checking to see if they left anything [unattended] before leaving the house.)
The fire reached fifth alarm before it was declared fire out at 8:30 p.m.
No one was killed from the incident but five individuals were injured including a fire volunteer.
The agency estimated the damage at one million pesos.
Authorities are still investigating as to the cause of the fire. The fire victims are currently staying in the Amphitheater of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife grounds in Quezon City. – Reynante Ponte / Marje Pelayo
Missing names dismay voters in Quezon City
Voters searching for their names and polling precincts
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Several voters in various areas in Quezon City were not able to vote because they couldn’t find their names on the voters’ list of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections Monday, May 14.
In Barangay Payatas-B, some questioned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as to why their names were missing when in fact, they voted in the 2016 presidential elections.
Aside from missing names, lack of consideration for senior citizens and persons with disability was also a common problem in the area. Voters were also dismayed over the absence of a help desk to assist them.
“Hindi makita ang pangalan ko. Wala naman akong mapagtanungan. Ang sabi hanapin lang. Inikot ko na nang inikot, wala naman,” said voter Ramon Manaoag.
(I couldn’t find my name, and there was no one I could approach to assist. They just told me to continue searching. All my efforts were in vain.)
“Nawawala po ang mga pangalan. Nandyan ang presinto pero wala po ang pangalan…pahirap po talaga sa mga botante. May trabaho pa ko,” said voter Roland Torres.
(Names are missing. The precincts are there but the names are not…such a burden to voters. I still have work to do.)
In barangay Holy Spirit, members of the election board also admitted to lapses in the barangay list of voters.
“May nagki-claim na iyong asawa niya ay nakaboto last election pero wala ngayon. Iyong tatay niya na walong taon ng patay, nandoon ang pangalan,” observed election supervisor Noime Moncada.
(One was claiming that his spouse was able to vote in the last election but is not on the list this time. But his father, who has been dead for eight years, is on the list.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue