CAPI­TOL HILL, Tar­lac: Devo­tees of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary are in­vited to visit the Museo ng Tar­lac for the month-long Mar­ian ex­hibit here to see the dif­fer­ent im­ages of Je­sus’ mother, some of which came from the Dio­ce­ses of Bu­la­can and Metro Manila. The ex­hibit, now on its 8th year, with the theme “Gra­tia Plena (Full of Grace)” is an an­nual event in the prov­ince jointly or­ga­nized by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and the Dio­cese of Tar­lac. The aver­age num­ber of vis­i­tors in pre­vi­ous years reached 30,000. Fr. Elmer Gon­za­les, spir­i­tual di­rec­tor of the Mar­ian Ex­hibit, nar­rated the ex­hibit’s his­tory in the prov­ince and ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tions and in­flu­ence of the late gov­er­nor and Rep. Jose Yap who ini­ti­ated it. He said Yap’s chil­dren – Gov. Su­san Yap and Sec­ond Dis­trict Rep. Vic Yap – con­tin­ued the project aimed at in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing it in the cul­ture of Tar­laque­ños. Tar­lac has be­come known as a re­li­gious prov­ince not only for the Mar­ian ex­hibit but also for hous­ing the relic of the Holy Cross where Je­sus Christ was cru­ci­fied atop a moun­tain in San Jose town called Monas­te­rio de Tar­lac. A 30-foot statue of the Risen Christ which re­sem­bles that of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil also stands on a hill­top.


LOS BAÑOS: The Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue (BIR) Re­gional Dis­trict Of­fice (RDO)– Cen­tral La­guna has sus­pended the op­er­a­tions of Lucky Ar­ti­sans Hard­ware lo­cated along the Na­tional Road, Purok 4, San An­to­nio, Los Baños, La­guna for al­lege vi­o­la­tion of the tax code. The clo­sure or­der, signed by Deputy Com­mis­sioner Celia King, against the hard­ware re­tail store owned John Rey Tinio was for al­leged fail­ure to com­ply with the 48-Hour No­tice and 5- day Value Added Tax ( VAT) Com­pli­ance No­tice. The RDO found that sales mon­i­tor of Lucky Ar­ti­sans from May 9 to May 18, 2017 failed to file VAT Re­turns for years 2014, 2015 and 2016. It filed VAT Re­turns in 2013 but re­verted to Per­cent­age Tax in Au­gust 2016 to avoid the penal­ties for the non-fil­ing in the pre­vi­ous years. It was like­wise found to have un­der­stated its cor­rect tax­able sales by more than 30 per­cent re­sult­ing in about P5.760-mil­lion tax de­fi­ciency. Rev­enue Dis­trict Of­fi­cer (RDO) Rufo Ra­nario said he rec­om­mended its clo­sure af­ter its owner con­tin­ued to refuse to com­ply and rec­tify its vi­o­la­tions.


TAR­LAC: Lo­cal gov­ern­ment units ( LGU) in Cen­tral Lu­zon are get­ting high trust rat­ings in their front­line ser­vices and pro­cess­ing of busi­ness per­mit with an aver­age of 8.07 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the 2017 Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence Sur­vey that the Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness Coun­cil and De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try ( DTI) con­ducted. The sur­vey was taken by 1,730 re­spon­dents from 173 LGUs na­tion­wide, rep­re­sent­ing busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments that have ap­plied for new busi­ness per­mits or re­newed them this year. DTI Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ju­dith Angeles dis­closed that Balanga City in Bataan gar­nered the high­est cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing with 9.28 per­cent, fol­lowed by Ga­pan City, Nueva Ecija with 8.82 per­cent sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing. Ca­banat­uan City in Nueva Ecija rated 8.73 per­cent while Ma­bal­a­cat City, Pam­panga scored 8.24 per­cent; Mak­ing it to the top list were Tar­lac City with 8.07 per­cent; City of San Fer­nando ( Pam­panga) – 7.16 per­cent; and Angeles City – 6.24 per­cent. Busi­ness­men in the re­gion have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in their re­spec­tive LGUs. At the na­tional level, 97 per­cent or a to­tal of 1,678 re­spon­dents said they are sat­is­fied with their lo­cal gov­ern­ments. Of that num­ber, 71 per­cent said they were able to se­cure per­mits within two days while 29 per­cent said it took them more than two days to process.

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