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Mayor Honey calls on business owners to settle permits early, amid deadline extension

Yul Servo and Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto discuss the city ordinance passed by the Manila City Council extending the deadline for the payment of business permits. (JERRY S. TAN)

STOP procrastinating and doing things at the last minute.

This was the appeal made by Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she called on business owners in Manila to avoid settling their business permits on the day of the deadline itself, thus making things hard for everyone including themselves.

Lacuna made the call as she also announced that the January 20, 2023 deadline for the renewal of business permits and application for new ones had been extended to February 3, 2023.

The lady mayor thanked the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor Yul Servo as its presiding officer for having passed the enabling ordinance for the said extension, as well as the employes of the city treasurer’s office headed by Jasmin Talegon, the permits bureau under chief Levi Facundo, electronic data processing headed by Fortune Palileo and the Manila Health Department under its chief Dr. Poks Pangan, among others, for helping the taxpayers who troop to the City Hall and satellite offices to settle their taxes, during the past few weeks.

She also expressed gratitude to the taxpayers, saying the city’s survival depends on them, since taxes are the bloodline of any local government.

Lacuna reiterated that the city‘s current fiscal standing is very good and hope that this will continue at least up to the end of the year.

The lady mayor noted that during the initial deadline set on January 20, the business owners appeared in throngs on the last day.

Lacuna thus called on business operators to kick the habit of procrastinating as there will no longer be any extension.

“Ako po ay nakikisuyo sa ating taxpayers na sana ay wag naman ninyong intayin ang huling araw nang kayo rin po ay hindi nahihirapan, dahil talaga pong mas matatagalan po kayo,” she said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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