CH extends tax payment deadline
Councilor Raymond Garcia, author of the ordinance, said that aside from extending the deadline for payment of taxes, the city government is also waiving delivery permits to allow free flow of basic necessities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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CH extends tax payment deadline
Alicia Ivy L. Chua (The Freeman) - March 25, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Cebu City Council has extended the deadline for payment of real property and business taxes until June 30, 2020.

The City Council approved on Monday during a special session the ordinance certified as urgent by Mayor Edgardo Labella granting the extension without penalty.

Councilor Raymond Garcia, author of the ordinance, said that aside from extending the deadline for payment of taxes, the city government is also waiving delivery permits to allow free flow of basic necessities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“It is an ordinance extending the deadline for real property and business taxes for the months of March and April 2020, waving the penalties for late submission of regulatory requirements for biz permits and temporary allowing the delivery of basic necessities within the City of Cebu without need of delivery permit during the community quarantine,” said Garcia.

Garcia said the real property tax due on March 31, 2020 shall be extended to June 30, 2020 together with the deadline for the payment for the second quarter.

“Sa ato pa, ang first quarter ato gi-move ang deadline sa end sa second quarter and then no penalty shall be imposed for the payment of taxes for the said quarter for real property tax,” said Garcia.

Under the ordinance, business taxes for the second quarter of 2020 which is due on April 30 shall also be extended until June 30, 2020 without penalty.

Garcia said the fees imposed by the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) for the late submission of the regulatory requirements for issuance of new or renewal of business permits shall be waived during the period of the community quarantine and shall continue until one month following the issuance of the order lifting the said quarantine.

He said that pursuant to the mayor’s order, the delivery of basic necessities during the period of community quarantine will be allowed without requiring delivery permits.

City Legal Officer Rey Gealon said this covers the trucks loaded with basic necessities like rice, water, milk and other non-alcoholic drinks or beverages and food items. Loads of flour, sugar, salt and other ingredients for food, along with fruits and vegetables as well as meat and fish are also covered.

Gealon added that they are also looking at exempting trucks carrying medical supplies and equipment, PPEs, face masks and medicines needed to combat COVID-19.

To recall, Labella signed EO 61 on March 23 allowing the delivery services, whether in-house or outsourced, transporting only food, water, and medicine to operate during curfew schedule provided that the delivery drivers wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and maintain social distancing upon handing over parcels or items. The curfew in the city starts from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. FPL (FREEMAN)

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