CITY OF MALOLOS – The 10 point socio-economic agenda of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte received full support from provincial officials here headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado who pledged his all out help on the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR’s) thrust and initiative to heighten the consciousness and ensure the compliance of taxpayers’ obligations.
In a message during the 2017 Tax Campaign Kick-Off ceremony of the Revenue Region No. 5 – Caloocan City dubbed as “Tunay na Pagbabago, Para sa Bayan” held at Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, Monday morning, Alvarado said that BIR is the lifeblood of government operations.
He said that the machinery of government continues to operate because of proper and efficient tax collection by the bureau.The governor added that tax reform is part of President Duterte’s 10 point socio-economic agenda.
“Kaisa ng BIR ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Bulacan sa inyong adbokasiya na tunay na pagbabago para sa ating bayan, sa ating bansang Pilipinas, na siyang adhikain ng ating Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa pamamagitan episyente at epektibong sistema ng buwis. Dalisay nating hinahangad na sa pamamagitan nito ay tuluyan nating magugunam ang mga suliraning kina0kaharap ng pangongolekta ng buwis at tuluyang maiwasan ang anumang katiwalian na pumapaloob dito sa mga nakaraang panahon,” Alvarado said.
Alvarado believed that although taxes are oftentimes regarded as an ominous burden like a yoke on the shoulders of the ordinary working men, its commensurate benefit to society, direct or indirect, is immeasurable.
“Ang buwis ay mahalagang bahagi, hindi lamang ng buhay ng tao bagkus ng lipunan. Ang konsepto ng pagbabayad buwis ay mahalagang maiparating at maipaunawa sa mamamayan sa payak nitong kahulugan. Sa pamamagitan nito, tiyak natin ang kanilang taimtim na pagtalima at pagbalikat sa kanilang obligasyon na magbayad ng karampatang buwis dahil dito nakasalalay ang katuparan ng mga adhikain na isinusulong ng ating pamahalaan,” Alvarado added.
On his part, BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay appealed to the taxpayers to cooperate and pay correct taxes voluntarily on time for the welfare of the Filipino constituents. He also laid out BIR’s strategy to attain ease of doing business and taxpayer’s satisfaction.
“We crafted out strategies to achieve our goal which is 1.829 trillion for the year 2017. We came up with a program to review revenue regulations and we are listening to our taxpayers or stakeholders. Also, ginawa naming two days ang issuance ng certificate of registration upon compliance of documentary requirements, maximum is five days,” the commissioner of the country’s major collecting agency said.
He also reminded the taxpayers of the deadline of filing of income tax returns on April 15.
The event was also highlighted by the signing of pledge of support by provincial and local officials and tax payers who attended the ceremony.
The tax campaign kick-off also gave focus on the 10-point development agenda of President Duterte namely microeconomic policies, tax reform, competitiveness and ease of doing business, infrastructure spending, rural development, land administration and management, human capital development, science, technology and arts, social protection programs and responsible parenthood and reproductive health law.
The Revenue Region No. 5 is composed of Revenue District No. 24 – Valenzuela City; Revenue District No. 25A – Plaridel, Bulacan; Revenue District 25B – Santa Maria, Bulacan; Revenue District No. 26 – Malabon and Navotas City and Revenue District No. 27 – Caloocan City.