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Walang himala pero kaya! Isko Moreno touts Manila’s efficient tax collection

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Manila has managed to collect more than 70 percent of its real property tax full year target for the first half of 2021 despite the pandemic, Mayor Isko Moreno said.

In his third State of the City Address, Moreno said the overall revenue collection was likewise recorded at P19.2 billion from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

“Sabi ng iba fiscal miracle daw. Buong kababaang loob na sagot ko: Walang himala, pwede pala, kaya pala,” Moreno said.

“If people are shown how taxes they have paid are spent, they will pay it, on time. I say it again: The best way to promote tax obedience is to practice good governance,” he added.

Moreno attributed the increases to the pro-business policies and programs that the city government implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the policies placed were the continuation of movement of cargo trucks in the Port Area, the round-the-clock operation at Divisoria Night Market, and the free offer of COVID-19 testing for the private sector.

The local government also conducted consultations with business groups and the launching of Manila Restaurant Week to support small businesses.