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By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
March 18, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  The Bureau of Internal Revenue in Region 8 is serious in its tax collection campaign.

Headed by Regional Director Atty. Alert Alocilja, the BIR Eastern Visayas or BIR RR-14, recently padlocked three business establishments in Tacloban and another one in Calbayog City under its Oplan Kandado program.

Ms. Paulina Buitizon, Revenue Officer 1, informed that the BIR has padlocked the Superstar Marketing and Warehouse situated at YKS Anibong District and two outlets of Red Roses Bakeshop located at Burgos St. and Rizal Avenue in downtown Tacloban City.

The Superstar Marketing is the first business establishment to be padlocked this year, Director Alocilja said. It is engaged in brisk wholesale and retail trading and was found to have committed violations such as non-issuance of receipts and underdeclaration of more than 30% of its sales which are flagrant infractions of Section 115 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1977, as amended, and salient provisions of Revenue Memorandum Order NO.3-2009.

Armed with closure orders signed by Deputy Commissioner for Legal and Inspection Service Gregorio Cabantac, Director Alocilja served the order, ably assisted by Benny Asis Mari, RDO Imelda Cebuano, and Asst. RDO Jesusa Cabello together with the members of the enforcement team who recommended for the temporary closure.

Meanwhile, in Calbayog City, Oplan Kandado closure was served on Uragon Everbuilt Trading, by Atty Edgar Quejada, RR-14 legal division chief and RDO Rolando Espina, together with the Revenue Enforcement team of Revenue District 87 based in Catbalogan City.

The establishment committed more than 30% under declaration of sales involving P3 Million in deficiency taxes.

Director Alocilja said that as of press time, the taxpayers, owners of the mentioned business establishments have already pledged to settle their respective tax obligations.

Director Alocilja disclosed that series of closures will be enforced on the perennial violators in all the district offices under RR-14’s area of jurisdiction, in order to manifest the Bureau’s determination to continuously enforce “Oplan Kandado.”

Also, Director Alocilja said that the BIR hopes to impress upon the taxpaying public that BIR will not hesitate to sink in its teeth upon tax evaders in order to raise the much-needed revenues for the country. (with data from BIR)