Tacloban City honors its top taxpayers
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – The city government of Tacloban awarded its top taxpayers in time for its 11th anniversary as the only highly-urbanized city in Region 8.
Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez led the recognition ceremony along with Vice-Mayor Jerry Yaokasin, City Councilors Dalisay Erpe, Brian Steve Granados, department heads and city workers.
Leading the 2019 Outstanding Real Property taxpayers of Tacloban are Robinson’s Land Corporation, HEVA Management Development Corporation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc., Wilcon Depot Inc. / Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, Petron Corporation, Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation, Eastern Visayas Telephone Company, Hotel Alejandro / Hotel Lorenza Inc. / Citron – Tacloban Property Holdings, Inc., and Uytingkoc Development Corporation.
Top 10 businesses of the city are Sanford Marketing Corporation, Gaisano Central Store, Gaisano Capital – Tacloban Store, Mercury Drug Corporation – Salazar Branch, Mercury Drug Corporation – Rizal Branch, PMFTC Inc. (Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company Inc.), Jollibee, Toyota Tacloban, Leyte Inc., Watson, and Ford Tacloban.
Romualdez acknowledged the role of the business sector in the development of the City and encouraged more cooperation among the private sector.
“Our role is not to police, it is to work in consonance with all the businesses, so we can come up with a win-win solution for all…my role as the City Mayor is to make sure that we have the proper atmosphere for good business here in Tacloban,” he said.
He also announced that the local government is building a one-stop-shop at the new City hall building in time for the January 2020 business renewal and registration.
The one-stop-shop will be manned by 15 people to make sure that business applicants promptly get their license without having to go to the different departments of the City.
For the purpose, the Mayor said that he will ask the City Council to extend the business renewal period to help accommodate the new system that the local government is putting up for the business clientele.
Meantime, recalling how he pushed for the conversion of Tacloban into a HUC, Romualdez said that its main purpose was to “fast track the approval of the resolutions and immediately respond to the needs of people, like what happened during Yolanda.”
Six years after the devastation of Yolanda residents and observers claimed that the city “has slowly recovered its economy because of the contribution of investors and business establishments.”
As the regional capital, it is now poised to welcome new investors with new infrastructure and streamlined business processing; which is boosted by its newly minted Investment and Incentives Code.
Tacloban City was converted into an HUC after an overwhelming number of Taclobanons voted “Yes” in a plebiscite held on December 18, 2008. – H.J. Roca/CIO
Photos: K. E. Napala