Sunday, November 6, 2011

DILG clarifies memo on 
“Passing-through” fees 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 5 (PIA) – On the issue of illegally taxing inter-provincial transiting vehicles and fearing they might find themselves trapped in legal battles, Local Government Units have sought Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarification on its recent memorandum which has effectively extinguished a local revenue resource. 

DILG memorandum circular No. 2015-151 has reiterated the prohibition on passing-through taxes and fees levied upon inter-provincial transport of goods and services, which has affected local pricing. 

The memorandum intends to prohibit double taxation and bans the collection of levies on regulatory fees from passengers in local ports and other taxes fees or charges when transporting goods and passengers, sources at the DILG explained. 

In a gathering of LGU chief executives and the media with Secretary Jesse Robredo in time for the 115th birth anniversary of Carlos P. Garcia, Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez aired his town’s concern over the loss of a good revenue source when DILG memorandum which the secretary signed last October 12. 

DILG memorandum circular deems these kind of levies illegal as these are beyond the scope of the taxing powers of the LGU. 

The memorandum however did not mention about LGUS collecting taxes and fees on the use of locally maintained roads by inter provincial transport of goods and passengers, Robredo hinted. 

Mayor Lopez, who stood as a self appointed representative of at least 6 towns operating municipal ports said they have been deprived of a revenue resource in exacting toll fees to repair and the gravel roads, which connect the port to the highway. 

Lopez stresses that the town spends an annual budget of P50 thousand to make the road passable. 

For this, he hinted that the town would be at a loss if they could not generate the funds needed to maintain such a crucial access road to the port. 

The same memorandum also ordered the immediate repeal of existing ordinances which come in the form of double taxation and instructs DILG Regional Directors to monitor compliance and report to the secretary any breaches so that appropriate administrative charges can be filed. 

Hinting that toll fees for the use of roads could be a different case as to the intent of the memorandum, Robredo advised that the towns look at specific provisions in the Local Government Code, which would allow the collection of toll fees. 

As long as it is legislated and goes through the process, the DILG said it may not be a problem. 

Still feeling the existing apprehension of local chief executives on the matter, Robredo then advised that LGUs write the DILG so that the agency can suggest to them the steps to do to avoid legal snags in their collecting of fees. (30)

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Four Boholanos bag 
2011 “CPG Awards” 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov. 5, 2011, (PIA) – Four Boholanos who have excelled in their different fields of endeavor and have manifested the traits and character of Bohol’s most illustrious son found recognition during the 115th birth anniversary of President Carlos P. Garcia (CPG), November 4. 

Recipients of the prestigious CPG Awards are Monsignor Margarito R. Gonzaga in the filed of public service, businessman Argeo J. Melissimo for music, poet and literary artist Marjorie Evasco in literature and cultural worker Reinaldo P. Monreal for culture. 

These awardees have also been adjudged as having successfully exemplified the notable character and traits of the late CPG, who, in his lifetime had shown a high degree of statesmanship, artistry and love of culture, which has catapulted his simple life to the country’s corridors of power. 

According to awards organizers, CPG Awards is in recognition of the Boholanos who have manifested exemplary accomplishments that significantly contributed to culture and heritage in the fields of living traditions, cultural advocacy, arts and literature, poetry, music, dance, visual or culinary arts, statesmanship, sports or public service. 

Every Boholano who have manifested accomplishments, which redound to the well being of the community and the country in general are qualified. 

The awards which is handed as one is nominated and screened goes to Boholanos within and outside the province, who have helped in the attainment of the well being of Boholanos and the world in general, provide positive role models for emulation by the youth and promote awareness and understanding on the life and principles guiding the life of the Boholano who made it to the country’s top seat, said organizers. 

The awards, is also set up as an institution to formally recognize the manifested accomplishments of Boholanos in their chosen endeavors. 

FOUR AWARDEES 
PUBLIC SERVICE 

Mons. Margarito R. Gonzaga, who just turned 90 last November 1 has ably shown to be just a perfect example of CPG’s commitment to government service and the church, said Governor Edgar Chatto. 

Born in Alburquerque and was raised to become an ordained priest, Gonzaga later realized his full mission as shepherd in his hometown which beckoned for a leader. 

But beset with the stereotype of church and state separation of powers, Gonzaga was however lit with the imperative to break the divides to emerge as the first celebrated case of a priest who served as a town mayor. 

His government service was capped with an ascent to the province’s highest legislative body, Chatto aired. 

MUSIC 

Argeo J. Melissimo is better known in Bohol as a banker, businessman and civil society empowerment advocate. 

His latest attempt to realize the Loboc Music Project which ha been a dream for most Lobocanan has bore fruit. 

Melissimo help organize the Loboc and its youth ambassador band, provide technical support and set up a network for funding mechanism to launch a mainstreamed musical group than is competitive and approximates global music standard earned him the recognition. 

In his acceptance speech, Melissimo admitted he is not a musician by heart but said he was humbled by his share of the responsibility in perpetuating an old music tradition in the town. 

From the trained members of the band, around 142 youth musicians are now enjoying full scholarships in the city’s major colleges and universities, an accomplishment huge enough to get him into the CPG act of being a public school teacher after graduation in college. 

Melissimo also sits as the Regional Development Council vice Chairman, Chatto revealed. 

LITERATURE AND POETRY 

Marjorie Evasco was born to conservative Christian parents in Maribojoc town and was raised under the guidance of strict German and Belgian nuns. 

Later in her life, she took a different path when she pursued a passion for creative writing enough to get her a seat at the De La Salle University faculty. 

An internationally acclaimed and award winning Filipino poet, Evasco soon focused more of her creative energies into writing for women’s rights and led her to be hailed as one of the country’s most respected feminist poets. 

Evasco still continues to perpetuate the advocacy for literature and poetry with her mentoring creative workshops all over the country and never denying communities with her unique skill to empower people to think for their own upliftment. 

CULTURAL ADVOCACY 

Reinaldo P. Monreal’s entry into cultural work signaled a beginning of good things for Bohol, shares a townmate of the awardee. 

Monreal, who has been an almost permanent fixture in the cultural advocacy of his hometown Loon and Bohol in general has also been an accomplished creative writer, poet and dramaturgist. 

Known for his exploratory theater work for PuntaCruz Cultural Collective, Monreal has since creatively pursued a personal and convincing lobbying for the pride of place as a potent empowerment tool to make communities feel good about their history, culture and tradition. 

His works promote awareness to Boholano traditional arts has earned recognition by local tourism workers which pushed the man to lead a relatively new but aggressive group of tourism officers bent on sustaining the gains of Bohol and planning for the best of Bohol’s tourism industry. (30)

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