Baguio City wants to benchmark Bataan’s best practices

BAGAC, Bataan — Employees of the Assessor’s Office of the local government of Baguio City arrived here on Monday to learn from the municipal government’s updated revision of the schedule of market values for the collection of real property tax.

“We came here to benchmark with Municipality of Bagac and learn their best practices on assessment that we could apply in Baguio City,” City Assessor Maria Almaya said.

She said that they chose Bagac after learning of the awards received by the municipality for three consecutive years coming from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the latest of which is the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

Nicanor Ancheta, Bagac municipal administrator, said the SGLG award included PHP3 million in financial incentives that the municipality could place in a project of its choice.

Mayor Louise Gabriel del Rosario received the citation in Malacanang, saying the award “symbolizes the municipality’s journey towards good local governance by upholding the standards of transparency, integrity and service delivery.”

“Aside from the awards, we also learned that they have an updated schedule of market values,” Almaya said.

Bagac municipal assessor Perla Malabanan said that the municipality had done two revisions, one in 2013 to 2014 and the second in 2016 – 2017.

“Thus, we were able to follow the mandate of the law that the revision of the schedule of the market values should be done every three years,” she said.

Almaya said that in the case of Baguio City, their sole revision was in 1996 yet.

She said that Baguio being a chartered city, the city assessor directly submits to the Sangguniang Panglungsod the proposed market values.

“No proposed revision has passed to the SP. That is why we came over here to pick some points on how to convince our Sanggunian to pass our schedule of market values,” the Baguio City assessor said.

Almaya said the Baguio City Assessor’s Office has a total workforce of 40, of whom 21 were in this province Monday and Tuesday.

“Next week, the remaining workforce will be here in Bataan to immerse with the Assessor’s Offices of Bagac, Dinalupihan and Bataan provincial government in Balanga City,” she added.