Las Piñas gets kudos for exceeding revenue targets by P256M

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by Allan Yves Briones

The Commission on Audit (COA) praised the city government of Las Piñas for its revenue collection efficiency, netting an additional P256 million which could be used for additional services and facilities for its constituents.

“We recognize the City’s efforts for the realization of revenue, even surpassing the projected income over the years,” state auditors wrote in the audit report.

Under Las Piñas Ordinance No. 1495-17, the city expected to appropriate only P2.43 billion for 2018, but instead was able to collect over P2.69 billion or over 10 percent more.

“Thus, the plans and programs of the City for the efficient and effective delivery of the basic services and facilities to its constituents are assured to be funded,” the commission added.

These funds were designated to go to the “operation, maintenance and capital outlays requirement of the different departments and offices in the City of Las Piñas.”

The state auditing agency urged that the city government to continue to improve their policies and further maximize their current collection activities and programs.

Under Section 129 of the Local Government Code, local governments are empowered to exercise their power to collect taxes, fees and charges which would accrue towards projects for the benefit of their constituents.