Business permit collections in Mandaue down by 20% – BPLO head

By: Mary Rose Sagarino - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | April 08,2021 - 03:46 PM
BUSINESS PERMIT COLLECTIONS DOWN. Lawyer August Lizer Malate, Business Permit and Licensing Office head, notes a 20 percent decrease in collections this year.  | Mary Rose Sagarino (file photo)

Lawyer August Lizer Malate, Business Permit and Licensing Office head, notes a 20 percent decrease in collections this year.  | Mary Rose Sagarino (file photo)

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Business Permit Licensing Office (BPLO) has reported a 20 to 30 percent decrease of tax collection this year compared to last year’s more than P1 billion collection.

Lawyer August Lizer Malate, BPLO head, said that they already expected the collection to decrease because of the pandemic.

Malate also did not specify the amount of the collections this year but only that the decrease of 20 to 30 percent in the collections as compared to last year’s collections.

He attributed the lower collections to businesses that retired or shut down due to the pandemic or that did not renew their business permits  such as those establishments primarily selling liquors.

He, however, said that their collection could still increase as they would start to conduct inspections and enforcement of business regulations this month together with the City Treasurer’s Office.

The BPLO has issued more than 12,300 business permits including new businesses, renewal, and services.

Malate said there were no big changes on the numbers of the new businesses and renewal this time than last year.

Based on the BPLO data, there were 528 new businesses as of April 2021 compared to last year’s 589 while the number of renewed businesses this month is 9,737, which were higher than last year’s 9,710.

The BPLO’s application for business permits and renewal have already ended last March 31 after  more than two months of extension through a city ordinance.

Malate said those, who would apply or renew their business now, would have to pay for the penalty. 

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