COA lauds CSF for timely dis­tri­bu­tion of RPT shares

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ITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA) has com­mended the City of San Fer­nando headed by re­elec­tion­ist Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago for the con­tin­u­ous and timely dis­tri­bu­tion of Real Prop­erty Tax (RPT) shares to the 35 barangays here, en­sur­ing the ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of ser­vices of con­cerned com­po­nent vil­lages.

Re­cently, San­ti­ago re­quested for a spe­cial au­dit of the RPT shares, af­ter may­oralty as­pi­rant and ex-of­fi­cio coun­cilor As­so­ci­a­tion of Barangay Cap­tains Pres­i­dent Vilma Caluag ques­tioned through me­dia al­leged “dis­crep­an­cies” in the al­lo­ca­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of RPT shares.

But the COA, in Au­dit Ob­ser­va­tion Mem­o­ran­dum or AOM No. 2019-22 dated Fe­bru­ary 12, 2019, signed by Au­dit Team Leader State Au­di­tor IV Eleonor DC Luna and Su­per­vis­ing Au­di­tor Jose­fina M. Ser­rano and re­ceived by City Ac­coun­tant Maria Gisel P. Rivera Vice Mayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno, of­fi­cial can­di­date for An­ge­les mayor of the Par­tido Abe Ka­pam­pan­gan, and BCDA vice pres­i­dent for busi­ness de­vel­op­ment Ar­rey Perez dis­cuss plans and pro­grams to at­tract more in­vest­ments in­side Clark Freeport Zone and An­ge­les City in or­der to create more jobs for city res­i­dents. With them dur­ing the ground­break­ing of a $25 mil­lion busi­ness jet hangar at Clark is Ne­po­mu­ceno’s wife, Atty. Erika Jimenez-Ne­po­mu­ceno. The cou­ple pro­vided le­gal ser­vices that led to theen­try of said in­vest­ments at Clark. — Con­trib­uted photo

on March 3, 2019, stated that “the 30 per­cent com­po­nent share of barangays from the col­lec­tion of real prop­erty taxes in CY 2018 were fully and promptly dis­trib­uted, in com­pli­ance with Sec­tion 271 of RA 7160, oth­er­wise known as the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code of the Philip­pines, en­abling the use of the fund for var­i­ous barangay pro­jects.”

The COA noted in the AOM that proper man­age­ment of lo­cal gov­ern­ment units’(LGUs) tax­ing and rev­enue rais­ing power is nec­es­sary in or­der to stim­u­late progress through pro­grams, pro­jects and ac­tiv­i­ties to boost eco­nomic growth.

The COA AOM stressed that one of the main sources of rev­enue of all LGUs is the col­lec­tion of RPT which is shared by the city or mu­nic­i­pal­ity and its com­po­nent barangays.

The COA cited Sec­tion 271 of RA 7160 which ex­plic­itly pro­vides the dis­tri­bu­tion on the pro­ceeds from the col­lec­tions of RPT which states that 30 per­cent shall be dis­trib­uted among the com­po­nent barangays of the city or mu­nic­i­pal­ity where the prop­erty is lo­cated in the fol­low­ing man­ner: 50 per­cent shall ac­crue to the barangay where the prop­erty is lo­cated; 50 per­cent shall ac­crue equally to all com­po­nent barangays of the city or mu­nic­i­pal­ity; and the share of each barangay shall be re­leased, with­out the need of any fur­ther ac­tion, di­rectly to the barangay trea­surer on a quar­terly ba­sis within five days af­ter the end of each quar­ter and shall not be sub­ject to any lien or hold­back for what­ever pur­pose.


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