Businesses boom in Tacloban

Businesses boom in Tacloban

By Robbie Pangilinan
The city government of Tacloban is expecting to surpass its business tax collection in 2017 at the annual registration and renewal of business permits this month.
“Last year, the collection reached more than a billion pesos, an all-time high since Yolanda. This means that businesses are thriving and booming in the city. And of course this is very good news,” says Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez.
City Treasurer Zosima Cordaῆo projects that the city government will collect around 130 million pesos in business taxes, based on the actual collection of the same period in 2017. A 25-percent surcharge and 2 percent interest will be imposed on late applications.
The streamlined business registration and renewal opened on January 3 at the spacious ground floor of the newly constructed City Hall Building at the back of the old one. A total of 126 Business Permits and 9 transport permits have been released on this day. More than 7,000 existing and new businesses are expected to register on or before January 20.
“We are proud that the renewal process takes only one hour if all requirements are met. We also initiated the Electronic Payment Portal (EPP) System late last year which has greatly facilitated the renewal.  Business Permits, Real Property and Transportation Taxes can be renewed and paid online,” says Corina Cadavis, Head of the Business Permits and Licensing Division (BPLD). #
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