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PDC Approves 2014 AIP, ELA for 2014-2016; Supports Sugar Industry Opposition to BIR’s Revised Revenue Regulation
The Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Negros Occidental, headed by Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. as chairman, approved the Annual Investment Program for next year, as well as the NEGROS FIRST Executive-Legislative Agenda for 2014-2016, subject to additional inputs from the members, at Nature’s Village Resort, yesterday.
The PDC, which is composed of the provincial government officials, congressmen of Negros Occidental, local chief executives and 15 non-government organizations’ representatives, also passed a resolution supporting the sugar industry’s opposition to the revised revenue regulation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), on motion of PBCFI president and PDC member Rafael Coscolluela, also Confederation of Sugar Producers of the Philippines president.
The PDC resolutions will then be submitted for concurrence of the Provincial Board.
Coscolluela explained that the imposition of the Revised Revenue Regulation Circular would mean very serious implications for the economy of Negros and other sugar-producing areas. He said under the circular, raw sugar will be placed under VAT coverage, plus, the planters will have to issue official receipts and pay taxes for the sugar that they sell. If this happens, most of our planters might decide to abandon planting sugar altogether, he said.
He lamented that “We are trying to survive and prepare for 2015… we are trying to look for ways to bring down our cost to improve our competitiveness; our government is trying to look for ways to make more money out of us”.
He noted that the sugar leaders have met twice to see how the situation could be addressed, and hinted of a legal action, if warranted.
The PDC also approved the schedule of the next Panaad sa Negros Festival which is from March 31 to April 6, 2014.
Meanwhile, Karl Galing, Country Coordinator for Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, in his presentation dubbed ‘Scaling Up Rural Sanitation in Negros Occidental Province: Why it matters’, encouraged the local chief executives to look for sanitation entrepreneurs because sanitation investment returns are high. He said rural folks’ non-use of a toilet is not due to lack of means to put up one, but is more of a behavioral issue and should be addressed with communication strategies.
Calatrava, identified as the municipality with the highest statistics for poor toilet use, has been adopted by the World Bank as their pilot area for their project in Negros Occidental. San Carlos City topped the list of LGUs, both cities and municipalities, with low toilet use.
Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Marlin Sanogal presented the State of Local Governance Report and State of Local Development Report.
Present during the PDC meeting were Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Board Members Salvador Escalante, Rolando Ponsica, Victor Javellana and George Gitano, League of Municipal Mayors president and EB Magalona Mayor David Lacson, Bago City Mayor Ramon Torres, La Carlota Mayor Juliet Marie Ferrer, Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano, Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, San Enrique Mayor Mario Magno, Binalbagan Mayor Emmanuel Aranda, and Pontevedra Mayor Jose Maria Alonso, while the rest of the mayors were represented. Also present were 14 out of the 15 NGO-Members of the PDC, provincial heads of national agencies including 303rd Army Brigade commander Col. Jon Aying and NOPPO’s Sr. Supt. Milko Lirazan, as well as provincial Capitol department and office heads. */ CAPITOL NEWS