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SRA Says Helping BIR on Tax Levy on Raw Sugar

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is helping the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to address the complaints of sugar planters on the P1 tax it plans to impose on raw sugar, administrator Regina Bautista-Martin said yesterday.

Martin said that she has listened to the complaints from traders and planters and relayed it to the BIR national office.

GOVERNOR ALFREDO MARANON JR. and Alfredo Pascual, president of the University of the Philippines system during yesterday’s inauguration of the Negros Occidental Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) located at the Negros First Cyber Centre in Bacolod. Also present - Rowen Gelonga, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology in Western Visayas, and Bacolod City Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, executive director of Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT)* (Arman Toga)

COURTESY CALL: Miss MassKara Queen Vancouver Canada 2006 Aleah Kaye Cepe and her family visited Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the People’s House yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

“They said the BIR will issue a new memorandum circular that will clarify issues on the P1 withholding tax on raw sugar,” she said.

Most of the complaints questioned why the BIR will impose a tax exclusively on raw sugar, Martin said.

Under the rules, BIR created a separate sub-section for the withholding of creditable income tax on locally produced raw sugar given the peculiarity of operations by the sugar firms.

Under the new rules, proprietors or operators of sugar mills/refineries and direct buyers of quedans or molasses storage certificates from the sugar planters on locally produced raw sugar and molasses shall withhold the creditable income tax and remit the same to the BIR based on the applicable base price of P1,000 per 50 kilogram bag and P4,000 per metric tons, respectively.

This, however, is subject to adjustment deemed necessary by the BIR commissioner upon consultation with the SRA administrator.

The regional director through the recommendation of the Revenue District Officer, who has jurisdiction over the physical location of the sugar mills and refineries shall issue the authorization allowing the release of locally produced raw sugar/molasses to the proprietors or operators for further processing into refined sugar, consumption or other purposes.

The authorization, however, will only be issued when copies of proofs of payment of the creditable withholding tax due thereon and bank payment/deposit slip/official receipt shall have been submitted and attached to the written request.

A one percent creditable withholding tax will also be imposed on income payments made to agricultural suppliers but not limited to payments made by hotels, resorts, caterers, food processors, canneries, supermarkets, livestock, poultry, fish and marine product processors, factories, furniture shops and all other establishments in excess of the cumulative amount of P300,000 within the same taxable year.

Gov to Orientals: ‘Let’s Stay United as ‘Siamese Twins’ Marañon Makes Pitch for 1 Island-Region

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Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. referred to Occidental and Oriental Negrenses as “Siamese twins” and called on them to stay united as brothers over the weekend as he emphasized that Negros will have a bright future ahead of it if it is transformed as an island region.

Marañon visited this town Mabinay bordering Kabankalan City upon the invitation of municipal Mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy, a strong supporter o

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. addresses the big crowd during the 8th Langub Festival in Mabinay Saturday.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan photo)

Second District Rep. George Arnaiz greets Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. as Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria looks on.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan photo)

f the governor’s advocacy for the Negros Island Region.

Joining them were Rep. George Arnaiz, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Board Member Melimore Saycon and councilors from different towns and cities of Negros Oriental to join thousands of revelers witnessing the 8th Langub Festival.

Speaking before a crowd of 5,000, Marañon underscored the need for unity among Oriental and Occidental folk, and further paraphrased Pope Francis’ statement, “let us love one another because we are one people” as Negrenses.

Mabinay’s location, he said, is very strategic, thus it is expected to reap the benefits under the Negros Island Region set-up

Uy’s strong leadership in the campaign for the NIR was apparent in banners and streamers posted around public places including the market, town plaza and main thoroughfares.

During the third consultative assembly after Bacolod City and Dumaguete City for the proposed one island, one region hosted by this town of 84,000 people, thousands turned up to support the NIR bid.

“There is no doubt that it will all be advantageous if we become one region. Personally, I cannot think of any disadvantage,” Uy said.

It is also exciting to think that Mabinay will be very near the proposed regional center, although we agree with the recommendation of the business community—the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry—that we first establish sub-regional offices in Bacolod and Dumaguete, he added.

Cop Mulls Raps vs 2 in Coed Rob

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Robbery charges against two persons involved in the mugging of a college student earlier in the City are to be filed by police officers of Police Station 6.

PSInsp. Charles Gever, police chief reported that arrested Mark de Ocampo, of Talisay City and Arnold Boderro, of Brgy. 40 are facing criminal charges for attacking Lorraine Velasco around midnight last Friday at Carmen Avenue in Brgy. 40 stealing her P4,000 cash and cellular phone placed inside her bag.

CAIDSTOG Collars Woman with Illegal Drugs

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A woman engaged in illegal drugs trade for about two years was collared 3pm Saturday by City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (CAIDSTOG) at Purok 6, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport.

Police Senior Inspector Jose Muleta, CAIDSTOG head identified the suspect as Mila Gimena Laurencio.

The suspect was arrested after handed a small sachet of suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer in exchange of P200 marked money.

Cardinal Tagle Humbly Receives Fides Award

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His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila received the Fides Award with humility during the Conferment Rites yesterday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella greets His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle after receiving the FIDES Award at the University of Saint La Salle yesterday. Also in photo is newly elected President of De La Salle University, Brother Raymundo B. Suplido, FSC.*(CMO-PIO photo)


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