IT appears the administration of Quezon City Mayor Bistek Bautista has succeeded in convincing the affected sector in paying the new obligation called the Socialized Housing Tax as indicated by the initial collection made by the city’s Bureau of Permit and Licenses Office headed by Garry Domingo.
According to Mr. Domingo and City Administrator Vic Endriga, who both sit down with members of the Quezon City Press Club at the reporters’ office at the City Hall, the mayor and the entire city officials had effectively carried out their respective jobs to controvert the critics of the new tax ordinance.
“We can say that Mayor Bautista just managed to con-vince the affected taxpayers that the tax they pay will go to the housing projects that stand to benefit thousands of qualified informal settlers,” says the BPLO chief who and Mr. Endriga were hailed by the city chief executive for the intensified business tax and real property tax collections.
Expecting to collect around P160-million from the SHT in a year for the next five years, the top QC officials report that the local government collected nearly P35-M in January alone, a figure which shows the concerned taxpayers offered no qualms in doing their share.
After all, what they do would surely return to them over the years by the time informal settlers would have been resettled to various housing sites that are now being developed and financed through SHT. The city, it was gathered, is the host to over 250, 000 informal settlers spread over QC’s spacious area which is said to one fourth of the size of the entire Metro Manila.
There’s wisdom to the housing programs the Bautista administration has initiated since the affected sector will certainly benefit in bigger terms as the valuation of their property will surely increase and the potential to make it more profitable would be tremendous in the near future.
Besides, it’s a win-win situation with the city residents or those who are in the middle class doing their share to carry out pro-poor programs of the local government for they can get back the taxes they pay after five years.
Meaning in the sixth year, the city government will return it to them in the form of tax credits, according to Domingo and Endriga who were so generous in providing the media men with details over the local government’s collections on business taxes.