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House to probe sugar tax

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday that he is seeking a House inquiry into tax impositions on raw sugar by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Senate President Franklin Drilon also told the DAILY STAR he is seeking a review of the legal basis of the applicability of the 12 percent Value Added Tax on raw sugar.

Sugar industry stakeholders are questioning Revenue Regulation No. 4-2015 that imposes 12 percent advance VAT Tax on raw and refined sugar, and Revenue Regulation 11-2014 that imposes a one percent creditable withholding tax on raw sugar and molasses upon withdrawal from the mills.moremoremore

‘Visayan bloc okay
to Carp completion’

Members of the Visayan bloc are agreeable to the issuance of notices of coverage for the distribution of the remaining 50,000 has. identified by the Department of Agrarian Reform for the completion of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, but are against the extension of CARP for another two years.

This was disclosed yesterday by Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) after a meeting last week of the Visayan bloc, composed of 42 members of the House.

Benitez said the Visayan bloc will seek an amendment to House Bill No. 4296, that proposes to extend the 27-year-old CARP for another two years.moremoremore

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DAR to distribute P35.8-M
farm equipment to ARBOs


DAR-Negros Oriental will distribute  eight sets of  farm facilities to identified agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations, or ARBOs, in Negros Oriental when the required  documents are ready.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, Louie Naranjo, said the farm facilities composed of nine  four-wheel drive tractor, trailing harrow, disc plow, and trailer, cost P35,892,000.

Naranjo said the equipment that costs P3.9 million each set, is for sugar block farming  to be used by organizations under the ARCCESS areas of the province. Another batch of similar units is expected to arrive in the next  months. One  will be given to DAR-Cebu City for ARBOs there.moremoremore