Baguio wants to learn from Bataan town

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    BAGAC, Bataan — Employees of the Assessor’s Office of the local government of Baguio City on Monday visited this town to learn from the municipality’s updated revision of the schedule of market values for the collection of Real Property Tax.

    “Pumasyal kami rito upang makipag-bench marking sa Municipality of Bagac kung ano ang kanilang magandang practices sa assessment para ma-apply sa Baguio City,” Maria Almaya, city assessor, said.

    She said that they chose Bagac after learning of the awards received by the municipality for three consecutive years coming from the Department of Interior and Local Government, the latest of which was the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance.

    Nicanor Ancheta, Bagac municipal administrator, said each award included P3 million in fi nancial incentives that the municipality can place in a project of its choice.

    He welcomed the Baguio City workers. Mayor Louise Gabriel del Rosario received the citation in Malacanang.

    The award “symbolizes the municipality’s journey towards good local governance by upholding the standards of transparency, integrity and service delvery.”

    “Bukod sa mga awards, nalaman namin na updated ang kanilang schedule of market values,” Almaya said.

    Bagac municipal assessor Perla Malabanan said that the municipality has done two revisions, one in 2013-2014 and the second in 2016- 2017.

    “Kaya nasusunod namin ang mandato ng batas na dapat every three years ang revision ng schedule of market values,” she said.

    Almaya said that in the case of Baguio City, their sole revision was in 1996 yet.

    She said that Baguio being a chartered city, the city assessor directly submits to the sangguniang panglungsod the proposed market values.

    “Walang makapasa sa SP na proposed revision, kaya namasyal kami rito para makapulot ng points on how to convince our sanggunian to pass our schedule of market values,” the Baguio City assessor said smiling.

    Almaya said the Baguio City Assessor’s Offi ce has a total work- force of 40 of which 21 of them were in Bataan Monday and Tuesday.

    “Next week ang nai- wang kalahati naman ang pupunta sa Bataan upang mag-immerse sa Assessor’s Offices ng Bagac, Dinalupihan at Bataan provincial gov- ernment sa Balanga City,” she said.

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