Bukidnon sets public hearings for provincial revenue code

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – Bukidnon’s move to enact its first ever provincial revenue code will start with public hearings in the 20 municipalities and two component cities of the province from March 11 to May 8.

In a notice of invitation, lawyer Apollo Maguale, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) secretary, urged the public to attend the hearings and give suggestions to the proposed code.

Maguale told MindaNews the provincial government will codify its revenue ordinances based on the Local Government Code of 1991.

In its explanatory note, the resolution proposing the enactment of the code cited that the provincial government had approved the Strategic Financial Management Plan (SFMP), which identified existing and potential revenue sources.

“There is a need to update and consolidate and/or compile the existing revenue ordinances and those that have been reflected in the SFMP of the province, thereby producing one compressed document ..,” the resolution said.

The move will be “of great help to the provincial government, and the Code will ultimately guide and assist the implementor for its efficient and effective collection of revenues,” the note added.

Maguale said a technical working group led by acting provincial treasurer Teodora Dinlayan wrote the draft which the SP approved late last year.

But Maguale noted that as an ordinance, the proposed legislation needs to undergo public hearings and publication in a newspaper for it to be enforceable in case it is approved.

Roderico Bioco, president of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. welcomed the move but added they he has not read the proposed legislation. He noted that he had written Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. asking the provincial government to make all local ordinances conform to Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code.

“That’s a wise move to take. I hope the people will actively participate, especially the business sector,” Valencia City councilor Policarpo Murillo told MindaNews via SMS Friday afternoon. Murillo is also from the city’s own business chamber.

Maguale said the proposed code will include increases in fees for the extraction of sand and gravel, from P30 per cubic to P50, plus P75 polluter’s fee and P25 administrative fee for a total of P150.

He also mentioned increases in hospital fees, among others.

The hearings were schedule every 1:30p.m. on March 11 (Kibawe), March 12 (Damulog), March 13 (Dangcagan), March 18 (Kitaotao), March 19 (Don Carlos), March 20 (Kadingilan), March 25 (Maramag), March 26 (Quezon), March 27 (Pangantucan), April 1 (Kalilangan), April 2 (Valencia City), April 3 (San Fernando), April 8 (Cabanglasan), April 10 (Lantapan), April 22 (Impasugong), April 23 (Sumilao), April 24 (Manolo Fortich), April 29 (Libona), April 30 (Baungon), May 6 (Talakag), May 7 (Malitbog) and May 8 (Malaybalay). [Walter I. Balane/MindaNews]