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City government grants tax relief      

     The local government of Naga City is granting 100% tax relief on penalties, surcharges and interest on real property and business taxes until October 31, 2001.  The decision was based on twin ordinances enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, approved July 18 and August 1, respectively, and signed by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo last August 3, 2001.  

     Authored by neophyte Councilor William del Rosario, the new city legislations covered tax relief  for the following:

  • Those which are registered but are delinquent in the payment of taxes from year 2000 and the previous years;

  • Those which are unregistered but found operating without necessary permits; and

  • Those with existing compromise agreement with respect to the unpaid balance of the delinquencies.

     To avail of the tax relief, the city government has set the following conditions:

  • The amount of business tax delinquency should be paid until October 31, 2001.  Should the taxpayer fail to pay said tax delinquency within the period above stated, his total delinquency together with the corresponding surcharges and interest, shall be automatically be due and demandable.

  • The current year business tax/permit fees should be paid.

     The application for business tax relief and surcharges must be in the form of described for the purpose by the city treasurer and approved by the city mayor.  Meanwhile, City Treasurer Jesus A. Calleja Jr. is inviting local taxpayers to visit his office for additional information.


Join the Annual Peņafrancia Regatta on September 15.  This year's cash prizes include: P15,000 for 10-man team; P8,000 for 2-man team; P6,000 for one-man or single; P6,000 for women (double) and P10,000 for Hari ng Regatta.  Ginebra and its makers, La Tondeņa Distillers, Inc has consistently sponsored this event in their effort to generate mass participation in physical fitness development in Bicol.

Republic Act No. 9048:  Naga okays name error ruling

     Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo and the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved July 27 the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 9048, otherwise known as the Clerical Error Law, to pave way for its local adoption.

     This was disclosed the other day by City Civil Registrar Melicia F. de Guzman, Bicol chapter president and national vice president of the Philippine Association of Civil Registrars (PACR).  De Guzman who is a member of the working committee tasked to formulate the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of RA 9048, said with the city's final go-signal on the law's adaptation in the local level, those who seek to change their first name or nickname, or to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry in the civil registry, will now be benefited.

     The correction or changes in clerical errors of names in the civil registry can now be made without need of judicial process which costs petitioners thousands of pesos, De Guzman said.  She added, however, that the corrections must not involve the change of nationality, age, civil status or sex of petitioner.

     Any person having any personal interest in the correction of a clerical or typographical error in an entry/or change of first name or nickname in the civil register has only to file a verified petition with the local civil registry office.

     The local civil  registrar has been granted the quasi-judicial power to grant or junk the petition.  Changing of first name or nickname, however, can only be allowed  if based on any of the following grounds.

1)  The petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extreme difficult to write or pronounce.

2)  The news first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by the first name or nickname in the community.

3)  The change will avoid confusion.

     All petitions for the correction or typographical errors and/or change of first name or nickname may be availed of only once, de Guzman disclosed.


Robredo strengthens anti-drug campaign

     "We are losing in our campaign against illegal drugs," was the general assessment of Mayor Jesse M. Robredo during the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) regular meeting at the Sangguniang Panlungsod office on Tuesday, August 7.  Robredo revealed that only Barangays del Rosario and Mabolo of the city's 27 barangays remained as not yet infiltrated by illegal drug problems.   

     Sensing the gravity of the drug menace, Robredo directed the CPOC members to seek involvement and participation of the community against in the campaign against illegal drugs use and abuse.  Robredo said very soon teams from city hall will be visiting the homes of residents and to put stickers/plates at the homes of non-users of drugs, a reverse to strategy that then Mayor Fred Lim implemented in Manila.

     Information dissemination/advocacy at the community and schools will be strengthened and fine tuned for the city's program against illegal rugs to gain positive results with 6 months to one year.  Another strategy by Robredo to curtail illegal drug supply and reduce demand is to enhance police visibility.  "Police outposts will be put up at Barangay del Rosario and Mabolo, the 2 choke points, and the city government is contemplating to revive the cops-on-bike-patrol."

     Policemen and barangay tanods will undergo training on how to make an arrest of drug law offencers/violators with the assistance of the city prosecutor's office.  Meanwhile, in two police raids in neighboring towns in Camarines Sur, government agents found deadly weapons together with metamphetamine, or shabu in the residence of suspected illegal drug traders, pushers.

In suburban Magarao, joint operatives, from the Naga Police station and provincial office raided the house of spouses Edmundo and Vilma Compuesto and seized the following: one cal. 45 pistol with live ammunition,  one cal. 22 with ten rounds of live ammunitions for cal 22. Magnum and one box containing undetermined quantity of shabu.

In another raid in Milaor town by police provincial office, intelligence operatives and a team from the 504th Mobile group led by Insp. Alex Pederio, the residence of the suspect drug trader Benito Fetil yielded one Magnum 22 with ten rounds of live ammo, one magazine with 15 live ammo for M16 armalite, P3,280 in cash, 24 plastic sachets of suspected shabu, lighters and other shabu paraphernalia.

Vilma Compuesto was taken to the Naga Police station but her husband Edmundo remains at large.  Fetil was brought to the PNP provincial office for further questioning and the filing of appropriate charges.