DILG-7 distributes disaster preparedness journals to LCEs in NegOr

By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) –The Department of  Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Negros Oriental yesterday distributed copies of disaster preparedness journals to municipal mayors, local disaster risk reduction and management officers (LDRRMO), local police officers and members of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

DILG-7 regional director Ananias Villacorta mentioned these disaster preparedness journals contain the checklist of requirements local government units (LGUs) should prepare before any disasters. It also includes the standard protocol for disaster response.

The journals were formulated through consultation with local government units, national government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Villacorta hopes that through these journals, LGUs won’t fall short in their disaster preparedness measures and avoid serious fatalities during calamities.

“This is just a checklist. If the mayor sees everything is in place, then there’ won’t be any problem (in times of disasters),” Villacorta said.

He added that after the turnover of journals to LCEs, LDRRMOs and other concerned agencies in Dumaguete City, LGUs will have their municipal convergence where they will inform their local DRRM on this development on disaster response.

LGUs can further improve their checklist, he concluded.

DILG had already distributed other copies of these journals in Cebu and Siquijor. DILG will also launch these journals in Bohol on Mar. 31. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA website on Mar. 13, 2015)

NegOr SP receives draft copies for the provincial revenue code

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb 1 PIA) – Draft copies of the proposed revenue code for Negros Oriental are now in the hands of the provincial board for refinement and approval.

NegOr Provincial Treasurer Danilo Mendez reported this during a briefing with the members of Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) here recently.

Although Mendez didn’t disclose the status of the deliberations among the members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan he shared to ANOPIO members his hopes that this will be approved as soon as possible.

“Over a number of years, our tax system has never been codified. It is complicated and cluttered,” Mendez remarked.

He noted that in the present tax system of the province brings confusion and resentment among local taxpayers, thus resulting to non-payment of taxes and decrease on people’s trust in the government.

Mendez stress that there is really a need to formulate a provincial revenue code that will serve as reference for clarification and enforcement of local taxing laws.

“I believe that in both, spirit and substance, our tax system in the province, including all general ordinances has to be codified into what will finally be called the Revenue Code of Negros Oriental,” he adds.

Aside from this, having a provincial revenue code can also strengthen local autonomy of the province.

Mendez explained that the maiden revenue code of Negros Oriental will exhibit an innovative and

and creative approach that can make local economy truly effective to propel local economic growth. (mbcn/ral/PIA-7NegOr/Article was first published at PIA website on Feb. 1, 2015)

Over 4K biz firms avail BOSS sets at Dumaguete City Hall

By: JENNIFER C. TILOS

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan 15 (PIA) –More than 4,000 business establishments in Dumaguete City are expected to avail of the opening of Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) this January at the City Hall.

The BOSS provides a convenient and complete service for entrepreneurs who will be renewing their business permits.

Dumaguete City Administrator William Ablong said that because of the experiences they had in handling BOSS, it made efficient growths that lessen hassle for the entrepreneurs processing business permits done all in one place at City Hall.

Ablong added business owner-operators will then have an easy time processing their business permit applications or renewals because relevant offices are situated in one area.

A unified application form is also presented so entrepreneurs will not have to get different forms for different requirements.

The city government sets a new requirement this year, for business owners to install a close circuit television (CCTV) in their respective establishments.

Ablong said under the City Ordinance, the establishments that handle money or cash transactions with more than P300,000 yearly income are required to install a CCTV.

This is to ensure the safety and protection of the business owners, cleints and their establishments.

The BOSS was started in 2001 and has been a yearly event for the local government.

“Processing business permits before could last for several days to one week, but with the establishment of BOSS, permits can be processed within half a day,” said Ablong.

The one-stop-shop processing business permits will end on January 31, thus, business owners are encouraged to renew or file their permits this January to avoid penalty. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-NegOr with reports from Kristine Cassandra Azcona, SU intern)