Sunday, January 29, 2012

4 new fire stations planned

According to this report in the Manila Bulletin, Taguig is looking into building 4 new fire stations to be located in the following areas:

1. Global City;
2. Lawton Ave., the boundary between Taguig and Makati;
3. Brgy. Tuktukan, near where City Hall is located; and
4. Camp Bagong Diwa.

That's 3 new stations outside of Fort Bonifacio! I hope this plan pushes through.

The central fire station for Taguig is apparently located inside the FTI Complex.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Paying Real Property Taxes in Taguig

Under Section 232 of R.A. No. 7160 or the Local Government Code, “[a] province or city or a municipality within the Metropolitan Manila Area my levy an annual ad valorem tax on real property such as land, building, machinery, and other improvement not hereinafter specifically exempted.” Normally, each year's real property taxes or RPT fall due on the first day of January.

However, Section 251 of R.A. No. 7160  provides:

Sec. 251. Tax Discount for Advanced Prompt Payment.- If the basic real property tax and the additional tax accruing to the Special Education Fund (SEF) are paid in advance in accordance with the prescribed schedule of payment as provided under Section 250, the sanggunian concerned may grant a discount not exceeding twenty percent (20%) of the annual tax due. (Emphasis supplied)
With this in mind, I resolved to pay my RPT for 2012 last December 2011 to avail of the 20% discount.

I went to the Taguig City Hall and found that the Assessor's Office is at the ground floor, very near the main entrance. Prepared for the worst, I was pleasantly surprised by how fast the process took.

First, I went through Step 1, when a taxpayer's property is identified via a Tax Declaration.

And then, I proceeded to Step 2, where I was given the computation for the real property taxes I had to pay for 2012, with a 20% discount.

Step 3 was for payment. The cashier accepts cash and personal checks. If you pay using the latter, however, you will not get your receipt immediately. Instead, you will come back after a few days (presumably, after the check clears). There are at least 2 ATMs outside the Taguig City Hall, one of which (Land Bank), is right inside the compound.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Now Open: Puregold Taguig

I was in the area before a few days before Christmas day and noticed that Puregold Taguig is now open.

This is good news for Taguig residents, as it gives us one more alternative (apart from Parco Supermarket) to Metro Gaisano's grocery in Market! Market!

Based on Puregold's Facebook page, Puregold Taguig is its 100th store and is a 3-storey structure with a supermarket, department store, fast food restaurants and ample parking area.

Some of the establishments I've seen so far are Mang Inasal.

And a Metrobank branch.

More pics to come when I visit next.

(Note: Puregold Taguig is located right beside the Taguig City Hall, along Gen. Luna Street, which is probably the busiest, most-traffic street in the non-Fort Boni part of Taguig).