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BIR to expedite tax exemptions for socialized-housing land transfers

BusinessWorld Online
November 04, 2016

CERTIFICATES of Tax Exemption (CTEs) covering the transfer of land intended for use in government socialized housing projects will be prioritized by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), under an agreement signed with housing regulators.

The memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed by the bureau, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the National Housing Authority (NHA).

BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay, Vice-President and HUDCC Chairperson Maria Leonor G. Robredo and NHA Acting General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., signed the MoA on the availment of tax incentives for government socialized housing projects, the BIR said in a statement e-mailed to reporters.

The MoA is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 7279, or the “Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992,” which mandates that the NHA be exempted from the payment of fees and charges of any kind, including income and real estate taxes.

The BIR, as the agency that enforces tax laws and collects all national internal revenue taxes, fees, and charges, will streamline and prioritize the processing and issuance of CTEs for the transfer of raw land intended for socialized housing projects to the NHA.

Sought for comment, the BIR said that this would entail the simplification and reduction of documentary requirements, and that Mr. Dulay would write a subsequent administrative issuance to implement the MoA.

The HUDCC, as the oversight and coordinating housing agency, will regularly submit to the BIR an updated list of government housing projects that are qualified for tax incentives.

The NHA, which is tasked to develop and implement government housing programs, will endorse to the BIR the CTE applications of housing contractors and assist in the evaluation, verification and certification of documentary requirements.

In a statement, HUDCC flagged scarce residential land supply vis-a-vis land demand as a great challenge in providing affordable housing to the poor.

“The challenge that we face now is setting in place a stronger land use policy that is efficiently administered through an integrated land and ISF information system,” Ms. Robredo said.

“This will be complemented by providing innovative housing solutions through the Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) and Public-Private Partnerships to address opportunity gaps facing the homeless and low-income families.” — Lucia Edna P. de Guzman

New official map of Mindanao out soon

Germelina Lacorte
Inquirer Mindanao
November 14, 2012

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—A new official map of Mindanao, which will replace the old version in use for the last 50 years, will soon be released and is seen as a support document for the peace process, the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) said in a statement.

Luwalhati Antonino, Minda chair, said the new topographic map of Mindanao, made on a scale of 1:50,000 compared with the scale of 1:200,000 of the old map drawn in 1960s, is already on the final stage of its completion and is expected to be rolled out this year.

The map was undertaken by Minda along with the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

“It will serve as support mechanism for a more enabling environment for peace and development in Mindanao, especially with the firming up of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement,” Antonino said.

“This updated map is crucial in our planning and programming of strategic and sustainable peace and development initiatives across the island,” Antonino said. She said the map will also become an essential tool for ensuring integrated disaster planning and management, land use planning, urban planning, environment management, and socio-economic planning.

“The final outputs of the topographic mapping project can be used to improve and protect the lives and properties of the people in Mindanao through accurate and integrated planning,” said Kazunobu Kamimura of the Jica project team.

Namria director Ruel Belen said they will not stop at the 1:50,000 scale topographic map.

“There are plans for a larger scale of the maps, but we are taking it one step at a time,” he said.

Namria initially conceptualized the topographic mapping project back in 2009 to update the 50- to 60-year-old topographic map of Mindanao, including the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the remote islands of Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi, Turtle Island, and Mambahenauhan Island.

The P500-million project was launched in 2010 as one of the largest grants from Jica in the country.

“We are glad that with the grant from the Japan government, we are about to complete this important project,” Antonino said.