Grant win-win solution
to sugar tax, BIR urged
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Sugar leaders are asking for a moratorium on the imposition of Revenue Regulation 11-2014 so a win-win solution can be reached, at a dialog to be held at the Bureau of Internal Revenue Region 12 office in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, at 1:30 p.m. today.
RR 11-2014 imposes a one percent creditable withholding tax on locally produced raw sugar upon withdrawal from the mills. Protesting small farmers, many of whom are agrarian reform beneficiaries, slammed the BIR last week, saying its RR 11-2014 requirements have hampered the buying and release of their sugar from the mills.
Negros Occ. to get
DOTC office - Bing
“We are getting a Department of Tourism Office in Negros Occidental,” Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said yesterday after the committee hearing that deliberated on his House Bill 4702.
The bill seeks to create a Negros Island Tourism Office that will coordinate the tourism efforts of the two provinces in the island. After due deliberation, the Congressional Committee on Tourism that discussed the bill approved a Negros Occidental office, instead of an island-wide one, Leonardia said, a press release from his office said.
He said Committee Chairman Rene Relampagos of Bohol and Rep. Gwen Garcia of Cebu had suggested that, since the Negros Island Region is still in the works, it would be more appropriate and practical to settle for a Negros Occidental office meanwhile.
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‘It’s easier to make laws
than implement them’
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
A former legislator, who is the main author of the Clean Air Act, said he has realized that it is easier to make laws than to implement them, especially those on the environment.
Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, said being in the executive, it is more difficult to implement laws on environment than to craft them.
If given the chance to come back as legislator, he said, he will push for a massive review and revisiting of environmental standards to make them realistic, such as policies on emission standards, and water standards, among others.