Isko gives tax credit to firms accommodating frontliners

Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna (left) lead the city government's first directional meeting since the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine. Also in photo are (from right) Secretary to the Mayor Bernie Ang and city administrator Felix Espiritu. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

HOTELS, motels, inns, apartelles, lodging houses and the like which are helping accomodate the city's health frontliners will be given P100,000 tax credit each by the city government of Manila.

This was announced yesterday by Mayor Isko Moreno during his first directional meeting held with heads of bureaus, departments and offices since the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.

Moreno said the business tax credit of P100,000 each is a simple token of the city government for the help willingly extended by the said business establishments to the medical personnel who are at the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

The mayor said that he already had the word of Vice Mayor Lacuna, who was also present in the meeting and is concurrently the council presiding officer, that the ordinance granting the tax credit will be passed at the soonest time possible.

As soon as the ordinance is enacted, Moreno said he will sign it into law for immediate publication and effectivity.

Business permits and licenses office chief Levy Facundo said that there are 19 such establishments which helped accomodate health frontliners, not to include dormitories, the number of which is still being collated.

Meanwhile, Moreno ordered city administrator Felix Espiritu to distribute huge non-contact handwashing basins in the city's public markets.

Moreno said this way, the market-goers and personnel will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after going to the markets or as often as they want.

The mayor consistently calls on the public to strictly observe the protocols against COVID-19 like wearing of facemasks, frequent handwashing and observing social distancing.