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Mariveles pushes bid for cityhood

- Raffy Viray () - February 25, 2006 - 12:00am
MARIVELES, Bataan — This town’s mayor is certain that the municipality, which hosts the country’s first export processing zone, will become Bataan’s second component city next year when it receives its P140-million share from the sequestered Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Corp. (Baseco).

The municipal government has entered into a tripartite compromise agreement with Baseco and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to get its fair share from the proceeds of real property tax worth P200 million which has been placed in an escrow account.

Mayor Angel Peliglorio Jr. said the municipal council earlier passed a resolution asking the provincial government to support Mariveles’ bid for cityhood.

Peliglorio, however, was a bit apprehensive about the stringent prerequisites for a municipality to attain cityhood, including an annual income of P100 million, excluding the internal revenue allotment, of which Mariveles receives about P60 million.

Peliglorio, executive vice president of the provincial mayors’ league, admitted that the income requirement would make it hard for Mariveles to become a city unless it gets its P140-million share from the Baseco deal.

BASECO BASECO AND THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION BATAAN BATAAN SHIPYARD AND ENGINEERING CORP GOOD GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT MARIVELES MAYOR ANGEL PELIGLORIO JR. MILLION PELIGLORIO SHARE
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