March 3, 2024

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The city government has collected P24,755,014 from business permit fees as of Jan. 31.
Pierre Galicia, head of the City Business Licensing Division, said the amount can still increase after the deadline, but late applicants will be imposed with penalties.
The city’s collection performance continues to climb because of the intensified crackdown on delinquent business operators, Galicia said.
At the city public market, stalls that failed to comply are closed until they secure the permits, he said.
Business owners should understand that payment of annual business permit fee is an obligation to the city government, which in return is translated to delivery of services, Galicia said.
For the convenience of applicants, a “one-stop-shop” is set at the city hall lobby which cuts the turn-around transaction time.
Identified as a major source of revenue, the city government aims to increase by at least 10 percent yearly the number of applicants.
To achieve this, the City Treasury Office conducts sustained tax map operation, Galicia said.
Tabuk, the Cordillera’s second city after Baguio, holds much promise for agro development, with agriculture being the major occupation of its people.
Its road building program has tremendously hastened the development of both the town and the people. – Larry Lopez