P300% property tax increase hit


LINGAYEN–A 300 percent increase in property tax took effect in January this year, prompting a wave of protests from various sectors in the province.

“Atrocious and oppressive” was how some property owners described the increase wherein those, for example, who were paying only P300 in previous years are now asked to pay more than P1,000.

The business sector and municipal governments are also among those questioning the increase, which is contained in an ordinance passed by the provincial board on December 10, 2010 and took effect in January this year.

Among those who have aired their protest are the Eastern Pangasinan Chamber of Commerce, the Sangguniang Bayan of San Nicolas town, Mayor Haydee Chua of Asingan and Abono partylist founding chairman Rosendo So.

So, who represents the agricultural sector, said the abrupt increase in real property taxes needs to be reviewed by the board.


Sixth District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani, who claims to have been absent when the ordinance in question was passed, said he is filing a resolution calling for a review of the ordinance.

Shahani met fellow board members in a caucus last week during which they studied possible mitigating measures that may be adopted to address the mounting protest from taxpayers.

Among the options that Shahani proposed is a one year moratorium on taxpayers, a possible roll back on the increase, or imposing a more graduated tax increase that will not hurt individual taxpayers.


However, not all members of the board are inclined to support Shahani’s position.

Sixth District Board Member Alfonso Bince Jr., for one, believes the increase is justified as the provincial government has not increased real property taxes for the past nine years.

He said the Local Government Code allows local government units to increase property taxes in their respective localities every three years.—LM

Back to Homepage

Related Posts

  • MC Adore will remain a white elephant for nowOctober 21, 2007MC Adore will remain a white elephant for now DUE TO CLAIMS OF ARCHDIOCESE AS things stand today, the Dagupan City government appears not only to have already lost ownership of the 30-hectare land in Barangay Awai in San […]
  • Balungao PNP unfazed by mayor’s protest rallyJuly 10, 2017Balungao PNP unfazed by mayor’s protest rally‘DOUBLE BARREL’ WILL CONTINUE TRABAHO lang, walang personalan. This in gist was the reaction of the chief of Balungao Police Station who was unfazed by the rally staged by town and […]
  • SEE YOU IN COURTApril 24, 2011SEE YOU IN COURT SEE YOU IN COURT--Abono founding chairman Rosendo So (right) announces his group's firm intent to file a case against the provincial government for enacting an ordinance that increased […]
  • New Phinma power plant gets PDU30 go-signalNovember 14, 2016New Phinma power plant gets PDU30 go-signalSUAL – There is no more stopping the construction of the new coal power plant in the town early next year after President Duterte gave his thumbs-up to the project. This was announced […]
  • Decorp files case vs. cityAugust 13, 2006Decorp files case vs. city By Analiza Q. Leyba FOR TAX ASSESSMENT ON POLES City brass say: "We will win" THE Dagupan Electric Corporation has filed a civil case against the Dagupan city government […]