COA lauds CSF for timely distribution of RPT shares
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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