TARLAC HOLDS 8TH MARIAN EXHIBIT
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.
BIR- LAGUNA CLOSES HARDWARE RETAILER
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.
CLUZON GETS HIGH TRUST RATINGS IN FRONTLINE SERVICES, PERMITS
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.