Marikina Mayor to citizens: Thank you for doing your obligation

Marikina Mayor Del De GuzmanMarikina City Mayor Del De Guzman expressed his gratitude to the residents who dutifully paid their taxes in 2015.

His statement was made after business and real property tax records last year was released showing the actual tax collection which surpassed the target collection.

According to the City Treasurer’s Office, the city generated a business tax income of PhP 539.2M from January 2 to December 31, 2015. This is 0.8% higher than the PhP 535M collection target. On the other hand, the real property tax income reached PhP 390.8M which is 6% higher than the PhP 367.8M collection target.

“Year 2015 was a good and productive year for us, and so we are extending our gratitude to every Marikeño who dutifully paid their tax obligations. These taxes are very vital in the accomplishment of our projects,” De Guzman said.

Pay your dues on time

Through these taxes, scholars under the College Educational Assistance Program benefitted, as well as those who received financial and medical assistance. Forty-three units of rain water harvesting units were built which were distributed to 34 public schools and eight government buildings. Likewise, road, sidewalk, and drainage improvements were accomplished. Health centers and classrooms at different barangays in the city are now being built with the help of Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo of the 2nd District of Marikina City.

“We believe that through the support of our fellow Marikeños, we can complete all of our priority projects on time,” De Guzman added.

Upcoming projects for 2016 include the construction of Phase 2 of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (SSS Campus), Marikina Trade Center, Gender and Development building,  and a water retarding pond.


Marikina Mayor reminds taxpayers of their obligations

Pay your dues on time

As a way of starting the calendar year free from the hassles of responsibilities, Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reminds all taxpayers and investors in the city to have their tax obligations as well as business permits and licenses filed and paid on time.

De Guzman emphasizes the importance of tax collection to the continuous progress of a city like Marikina and encourages taxpayers to pay early at the Marikina City Hall and not wait for the last minute.

To avoid the 20% penalty with their business permits for the late payment of business tax, business owners are advised to register or renew their businesses starting today until January 20, 2016. Business tax shall be paid at Windows 6-8 of the City Treasury located at the first floor of the Marikina City Hall.

According to the Marikina Revenue Code of 2013, aside from the 20% penalty, there will also be an added 2% penalty for every month thereafter if the owners failed to register their business on time.

“We don’t want our business owners to carry this burden of penalty just because they miss it out, or just procrastinate, or simply because they find business filing an inconvenient errand. In Marikina, the Business Permits and Licensing Office is our one-stop shop because of the creation of the Marikina Business Portal. This is a web-based information system that interconnects different offices related to business license processing. It is an electronic workflow that has a database of registered businesses and provides an opportunity for approving offices to schedule site inspections and update business records without requiring applicants to go to each office,” De Guzman said.

BPLO reminds business owners to display their business plates with 2016 sticker and “Billing and Permit” together with the official receipt in public view.

Meanwhile, with the 7th City Council’s passage of Ordinance 67, Series of 2015 called “Ordinance granting graduated reduction on real property tax for calendar years 2016-2018 in the city of Marikina” (which was later amended by Ordinance 71, Series of 2015), Marikina’s real property taxpayers can still avail of the following reduction: 40% for calendar year 2016; 30% for calendar year 2017; and 20% for calendar year 2018.

As of December 17, 2015, 99.6% (PhP533.1M) of the PhP535M target has already been collected by city government for business tax. As of this writing, BPLO has already hit its target while102% (PhP375M) of the PhP367M target has been collected from real property tax.

“I could not ask for any other birthday wish than to give our residents and taxpayers the rightful service that they deserve. With this, I urge our employees to give them the best service possible,” said De Guzman, who is celebrating his 53rd birthday on January 9.

Along with Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), Marikina City recorded PhP1.609B or 92% of its PhP1.757B income tax target (as of December 17, 2015). This 2016, the city government targets PhP1.861B tax collection.

Taxes collected help in continuous building of a city like Marikina. They are utilized to budget its key services as well as programs and projects such as in the areas of infrastructure, health, education, livelihood, housing, peace and order, environment, and disaster responsiveness.


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Marikina disposes confiscated firecrackers

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Several types of firecrackers were confiscated in the past several days and are scheduled to be disposed today, January 5. This is in accordance with City Ordinance No. 27, Series of 2008 which prohibits the manufacture and sale of firecrackers, pyrotechnic devices and other similar devices and explosives in the territory of Marikina City.

The confiscated items were drenched in drums of water by the Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS) at an open space fronting the Marikina City Hall. After drenching in water, they are to be turned over to the City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) for proper disposal. Among the illegal firecrackers seized were 81 pcs. and five bundles of Kwitis; one Sixteen Shot; 76 pcs. Fountain; one Helicopter; 310 pcs. and 393 bundles of Luces; 49 pcs. and two boxes of Judas Belt; 60 pcs. and one pack, and 70 boxes of Five Star; 109 pcs. of Whistle Bomb; three pcs. of Boga; one piece Sawa; at several boxes of Piccolo.

 According to the Philippine National Police-Marikina, the city had a firecracker-related injury count of 32, while one person was hit by a stray bullet in Brgy. Malanday while celebrating the New Year.