377 city residents avail amnesty
The City Assessor’s Office said it received 377 applications for amnesty for electrical connections from May to December last year following the implementation of an ordinance extending amnesty for power connection.
City Assessor Maria Almaya Addawe said out of the 377 applications, 14 were denied.
Among the reasons for denial is the structure being applied for has an existing assessment or the same structure has a separate application for assessment.
Another is the nonappearance of the individuals who requested for the assessment of their structures during the inspection and some of the structures are located within reservations.
Addawe said one of the prohibitions of the ordinance extending amnesty to owners of structures is that the same must not be situated in safeguarded areas such as forest and watershed reservations or must not be built in areas identified by government offices and the local government unit as danger zones.
The assessment of the structures with tax declaration serves as basis for the issuance of the certificate of electrical inspection by the City Buildings and Architecture Office, a certification needed by the Benguet Electric Cooperative before it provides electrical connection to a structure.
Addawe expressed hope more residents will avail of the amnesty as the legislative body passed an ordinance extending the same for another six months. – PIO release