Tabuk City collects P24M from business fees

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga — The city government has collected P24, 755,014 from business permit fees as of January 31 this year.
Pierre Galicia, head of the City Business Licensing Division, said the figure can still go up after the deadline set but late applicants are charged additional penalty fee.
The city’s collection performance continues to climb because of intensified crackdown on delinquent business operators, Galicia noted.
The city’s collection performance continues to climb because of intensified crackdown on delinquent business operators, Galicia noted.
At the city public market, stalls that failed to comply are padlocked until they secure proper permits, he said.
Business owners should understand that payment of annual business permit fee is a regular obligation to the city government, which in return is translated to services, Galicia explained.
For the convenience of applicants, a ‘one-stop-shop’ is set at the city hall lobby which cuts the turn-around transaction to two to three hours.
Identified as a major source of revenue, the city government aims to increase by at least 10% yearly the number of applicants. To do this, the City Treasury Office conducts sustained tax map operation, Galicia said. / Larry T. Lopez (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)