The municipal’s community tax certificate which amounts to P20 only.
By PERCY A OSTONALMWBuzz Correspondent-at-large
JOSE Panganiban town mayor Ricarte Padilla has appealed to his constituents to pay the necessary taxes due the municipality to support the local government’s operations.
Padilla made the appeal during an interview early this month with MWBuzz at his residence in Motherlode.
Speaking in Filipino and in English, the mayor said: “Sa ating mga kababayan na may pag-aari, negosyo o kaya'y kahit "cedula" (community tax certificate) lang … I am asking them to pay their real estate and property tax, business tax or any other mandated taxes to our municipality.
“Supporting our town's population growth sa maliit na gross revenue ay hindi sumasapat (supporting our town’s population growth with very little gross revenue (from taxes) would not be enough), Padilla said.
Specifically, the mayor directed his appeal to businesses in the municipality, which he said could help a lot in boosting the coffers of the municipal government.
There are a few flourishing business enterprises around time, including three hotels and stores.
The only bigger revenue contributors to the municipality are the Johson Gold Mining Corporation (JGMC), which operates a gold processing plant at Baranggay North Bagumbayan and the Pan Century Surfactants Inc, a chemical company with a processing plant at the JP Economic Zone (2) at Baranggay Osmena on the outskirts of the town.
Pan Century is an export-oriented enterprise owned by Indian investors.
JGMC processes gold and sell it to the government in bullion and also export the metal.
Jose Panganiban is a second-class municipality with more than 80,000 people in about 8,969 households spread in the 27 baranggays.
Most of the baranggays are considered “depressed” areas.
Many of the people derive their livelihood from subsistence fishing and farming, gold-panning and small-scale businesses, although a big number work overseas.
However, it is understood that Mambolenos do not pay the basic taxes in the form of “residence tax certificate”, which amounts to only P20.
The Pan Century Surfactants Inc plant complext at Baranggay Osmena.
MV JING GANG SHAN, a Chinese vessel with a DWT capacity of 4,700mt, is docked at the port of Pan Century Surfactants Inc in Barangay Osmeña, Panganiban, Camarines Norte to load up Iron ore from various mining sites in the province and transport them to China for processing. - Photo courtesy of SVUsana, PCSI/PIA