Batac Vice Mayor: No Increase in Local Taxes

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte — Prospective investors and local residents in the province’s second city need not worry about increase in local taxes after the former municipality’s conversion into a city as the new city vice mayor assured that this would not happen while he is the vice mayor.

“While I am your vice mayor, there will be no amendments to the local tax code seeking to increase taxes and no new local taxes will be approved by this august body [Sangguniang Panlungsod] and I will make good [on] that promise,” said Batac Vice Mayor Allan Nalupta in his inaugural speech during the first Sangguniang Panlungsod session of Batac on July 3.

Batac, Other New Cities Face Legal Challenge in Courts

BATAC, Ilocos Norte (15 August) -- The League of Cities of the Philippines will challenge the status of newly converted cities and stop the plebiscites scheduled to ratify the laws that would create more cities in the country.

According to Baguio City Mayor Reinaldo Bautista, the LCP has engaged the services of a law firm that would seek a court injunction to stop scheduled plebiscites.

The newly created cities are Tabuk in Kalinga, Borongan in Eastern Samar, Lamitan in Basilan, Mati in Davao Oriental, Tandag in Surigao Del Sur and Batac.

Council OKs Creation of City DepEd Superintendent, City Prosecutor

BATAC CITY - Members of this city’s Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the twin resolutions requesting Department of Education (DepEd) Sec. Jesli Lapuz and Department of Justice Sec. Raul Gonzales for the creation of the city schools division superintendent and city prosecutor posts, respectively for Batac City. Batac Councilor Bernardo Marders, sponsor of the measures, said it is only proper that the said positions should be created for the new city as the said posts are mandated for all cities.

Batac City Hall Employees 10% Wage Hike OKd

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte — Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved an ordinance appropriating a 10 percent salary adjustment for all regular employees and elected officials of the city government.

The total amount appropriated was P1.9 million for the salary increase, good for the remaining six months of the year, or from July to December.

Ms Venus Flojo, budgeting assistant, said the P1.9 million appropriation includes representation and transportation allowance (RATA) for department heads as well as city officials.