QUEZON CITY, December 7 (PIA) — Las Piñas City (LPC) local government turned over cheques worth Php2.5 million to its adopted local government units in Eastern Visayas that were devastated by typhoon Yolanda.
Las Pinas has adopted the municipalities of Julita and Dulag in Leyte under the Adopt-an-LGU (local government unit) scheme that has been agreed earlier by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the mayors of Metro Manila.
Mayor Vergel ‘Nene’ Aguilar turned over to the respective mayors the cheques amounting to Php 1.5-million for Dulag and another in the amount of Php 1 million to Julita as part of its efforts to help the heavily devastated towns in Eastern Visayas. .
Mayors Manuel Que of Dulag and Irvin Dy of Julita received the cheque donations as initial financial assistance for the recovery and rehabilitation of the two municipalities.
“The amount maybe meager considering the devastation to their lives and property but I believe that through our collective efforts our kababayans will easily rise from the rubbles and ready to face life’s challenges again,” Aguilar said in the statement.
In addition, a memorandum was also released to all Las Piñas city officials and department heads to forego the holding of lavish Christmas party this year. City Mayor stated that the budget allocated for the traditional Christmas celebration of city employees shall instead be donated to the typhoon victims in the Visayas region.
Las Pinas was also one of those who immediately responded to the call for volunteers to transport typhoon survivors from Villamor Airbase to their respective relatives or friends in the southern part of the Metro and the neighboring provinces like Laguna and Cavite. (Las Piñas PIO/RJB/MAPA/PIA-NCR)
Las Piñas Mayor Vergel Aguilar said 2014 real property tax payments settled in advance between December 2013 and end of March next year would get a 10-percent discount.
A 20-percent discount was offered earlier in November for the early-bird taxpayers.
Aguilar noted that Las Piñas’ income was only around 14 percent of the revenues earned by Makati City and about 50 percent of the combined incomes of Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Pasay. Jaymee T. Gamil
After a successful amnesty program that enticed many delinquent real estate taxpayers to settle their arrears, the City Government of Parañaque is now granting substantial discounts of up to 20 percent to constituents who will pay their real estate taxes for 2014 in advance.
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez said the early bird discount is embodied in an existing ordinance that provides financial incentives to early taxpayers which, in turn, will help the city lock up revenues and enable it to allocate resources more efficiently.
“This early bird discount is our way of rewarding those who dutifully fulfill their obligations by paying their real estate taxes in advance, because these early payments enable us to plan our expenditures and maximize the delivery of basic services to the people of Parañaque,” the mayor said.
Under the scheme, taxpayers who fully pay their 2014 real estate tax obligations between December 1 and 15 this year are entitled to a 20 percent discount, while those who settle their obligations from December 16 to 31 are entitled to a 16 percent discount.
Starting January 2014, however, only the regular incentives for paying their quarterly real estate tax obligations within the first five days of the quarter, equivalent to a 10 percent discount, can be availed of.
“I call on our real estate taxpayers to take advantage of this new opportunity to lock in huge savings on their tax payments. Settle your 2014 obligations within December, and you will not only be entitled to big discounts but will you also be freed from worries and the hassles of going to the City Hall every three months,” Mayor Olivarez said.
The early bird discount scheme comes close on the heels of a recently concluded tax amnesty campaign that ran from August 15 to November 15, 2013 which encouraged delinquent real estate taxpayers to settle their obligations by waiving off penalties and surcharges.
The tax amnesty program, which took effect after the city council passed an ordinance for the purpose, raised some Php600 million for the city coffers. The mayor said it would be the first and last amnesty program under his administration.
QUEZON CITY, December 5 (PIA) —More than 600 young students of Wishbone Kiddie Camp (WKC) in Las Piñas City donated toys, made Christmas cards and wrote letters of hope to children in Tacloban which was currently devastated by typhoon Yolanda.
Wishbone Kiddie Camp is a co-educational school offering pre-elementary and elementary education to children of middle-income families.
WKC Principal, Ms. Tracy Hernandez-Umandal, said that the school administration and its faculties would like to teach its students to take part in helping the nation, particularly the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, rise again after the disaster.
“By donating toys and making personalized, colorful Christmas cards with heartwarming messages, the young students, ages 4 to 12 were able to express their care and concern for the children who experienced the unfortunate event,” Umandal said.
In addition, Umandal said part of the school’s fund for their Christmas party were also set to be donated to Yolanda victims.
The WKC has decided to course their toy donation to the toy drive being undertaken by the Philippine Information Agency-national Capital Region (PIA-NCR) dubbed as “Laruan para sa Batang Tacloban” launched last November 25, 2013.
The donated toys, Christmas cards and letters were scheduled to be sent to Tacloban before Christmas.(RJB/MAPA/PIA-NCR)
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has seized 685 sets of substandard Christmas lights from two popular shopping malls in San Juan and Muntinlupa City.
“We conducted this standard enforcement activity to ensure that the Christmas lights sold in the market are certified by our Bureau of Product Standards and are safe to use,” Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, officer in charge of the DTI Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group, said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the DTI, an enforcement team seized about 600 boxes of Christmas lights from five stalls at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City and 85 light sets from a store at Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The brand names of the confiscated products were Northstar LED light, Seven Star, Mabuhay Star, AIO Decorative Light, Lucky Bright LED, Star 120 Icicle Lights and Merry Christmas.
The DTI team also issued notices of violation to six stores found selling Christmas lights without the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker or bore the old sticker.
“We issued notices of violation to the apprehended store owners and told them to explain within 48 hours or else we will [ask them to pay] administrative fines,” Dimagiba said.
At the same time, he asked the management of the two shopping centers to ensure that their vendors sell only certified Christmas lights.
The DTI, meanwhile, reiterated its warning to the public to buy only certified Christmas lights with ICC stickers to ensure that these passed safety tests.