Bayan Muna Reps. Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares yesterday filed a House bill "to clarify once and for all the BIR's erroneous view that Pag Ibig, SSS and GSIS contributions are taxable," a press release from the group said.
House Bill No. 5609 bill seeks to correct the "unfair situation" resulting from BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares' Revenue Memorandum Circular no. 27-2011, which would slap taxes on voluntary contributions to the Pag-Ibig Fund, GSIS and SSS.
"Instead of helping Filipinos get out of poverty, the government is further pushing them down by taxing what meager savings they put in these institutions,” Casiño said.
Organic agri experts
coming to Negros
Experts in organic agriculture in the country will talk on the advantages and of their experiences on organic farming during the 6th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival slated next week in Bacolod City.
Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, yesterday said Rodolfo Fernandez, Rafael Lopa, Robert Calingo, and Pacita Juan, have been invited to the activity.
Fernandez is the focal person on organic agriculture of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research.
606 ‘students’ complete
'on air' farming course
More than 600 farmers completed the school-on-the-air distance study program of the Department of Agriculture Region 6 recently, a government press release said.
This year’s students who came from 25 municipalities in Western Visayas were young, and aged 17 to 25 years old.
The DA 6 School-on-the-Air encourages young people to learn farming techniques through a series of broadcast modules.