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BENRO's collection almost triples this year
Monday, 10 June 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS- The efforts to effectively implement the Environmental Code of the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) thru the Bulacan Environment and Natural resources Office (BENRO) in environmental protection and preservation were not wasted as the collections and remittances rocketed to 279% this year.

Based on the accomplishment report of BENRO, the hard work of their divisions paid off after they were able to collect P81.5 million from taxes, filing fees, remittances and penalties for the last eight (8) months from October 1, 2012 to May 31 this year as compared to the nine (9) months accomplishment of last year, January 1- September 30.

BENRO chief Eugenio C. Payongayong said the solid waste management and pollution division was able to collect P37.1 million due to the strict implementation of right fees by deployed employees to all municipalities and cities of the province as mandated in the 2011 Revised Environmental Code of Bulacan for the certificate of non-coverage, provincial environmental compliance certificate and others.

Payongayong added that in the span of eight months, the mining division intensified the collection of quarry taxes and enhancement fees and reprimanded violators of environmental/mining laws for tax collection which resulted to more than P42.3 million collections.

Meanwhile, the enforcement section strictly supervised the collection of penalties to the violators of the environmental laws thus collected more than P2 million.

BENRO head also said that the re-inspection and evaluation of all quarry and mining applications contributed to the said remittances.

“These are all taken in consideration so that all aspects of the environment are covered without sacrificing anything in the pursuit of revenue generation,” Payongayong added.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that part of the collected enhancement fee will be deposited to the Environmental Trust Fund of the province and will be used in mounting environmental projects such as research and studies about the natural resources; acquisition of equipment to be used in environmental protection and rehabilitation and maintenance of nurseries for seedling propagation.

BENRO also plans to strengthen the campaign against illegal logging thru anti-illegal logging task force and establish a Mineral Museum that will showcase the minerals that the province possesses.###

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