The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution yesterday authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito granting a tax exemption to the Philippine Football Federation for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup play-off match between the Philippines and Mongolia at the Panaad Sports Stadium in Bacolod City last night.
The tax exemption was requested by PFF president Mariano Araneta in a letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia dated Feb. 8, 2011, where he also asked the SP for approval of a streamer permit and for the re-routing of traffic on match day.
Araneta said proceeds from the grandstand tickets sold will be used to augment the budget for local football programs and activities in Negros Occidental and the PFF.
Distrito withdrew his resolution seeking the imposition of amusement tax on the game that he and Councilor Al Victor Espino had earlier authored after receiving the request for exemption from the PFF.
Meanwhile, Bettina Quimson, Philippine Youth Soccer Organization event manager, also requested Leonardia for an exemption from taxes for the fund-raising party they held last night at L’Fisher Hotel for the benefit of the Azkals.
City Tourism Officer Imogene Kanaan said major hotels and pension houses in the Bacolod were fully booked with the arrival of tourists from different parts of the country for the football match, which helped boost the local economy.
RP Azkal Team assistant coach Franco Lorenzo revealed that the booters especially love the city’s chicken treat at the Manokan Country and the talaba (oysters) and that they hope to come back to Bacolod in future football events.*CGS