ROXAS CITY – Some P2.467 million worth of tax shares from sand and gravel, earth, quarry, and other mineral resources operations were recently released to 10 municipalities and 37 barangays in Capiz province.
The Capiz Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office said the proceeds received by the localities can be used to pursue various projects for their respective municipalities and barangays.
As stipulated in Ordinance No. 011, Series of 2017 or the Revised Revenue Code of Capiz, 40 percent of tax proceeds be given annually to barangay, as well as 30 percent each to the municipality and the province.
For the municipalities, Dumalag got the bulk of the figure with P327,917.68 followed by Tapaz with P278,528.25, Maayon with P102,993.82, Dao with P94,437.50, Panitan with P86,125, Jamindan with P80,700, Dumarao with P39,000, Pontevedra with P21,000, Panay with P16,500, and Cuartero with P10,350.
For the barangays, Garcia village in Tapaz received the highest allocation with P101,140 followed by Dolores village in Dumalag with P100,175.60.
During the distribution of the tax shares, an orientation was conducted to empower the local government units (LGUs) on their active role in fighting against illegal mining and quarrying in the province.
Leonel Ocana, CAPENRO Regulatory Affairs Specialist, said there is a plan to deputize barangay and municipal teams to help them in apprehending illegal mining and quarry operators.*