LINGAYEN —Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil cited the town’s increased local income, improved services and infrastructure, orderliness and stricter enforcement of laws in his first 100 days in office.
Batoil, on Wednesday, reported an 85 percent increase in the town’s local income with PHP14.8 million from July to Sept 30 this year against PHP8 million town’s income on the same period last year, earned from collection of rental income, Real Property Taxes (RPT), and business permit fees.
Even the collection from traffic violation fees also increased by 11 percent.
The local chief executive also showcased the infrastructure projects, among these were the repair/repainting of the municipal hall building, development of the Lingayen Town Plaza Auditorium, the renovation of the Rizal Park and demolition of two restaurants inside the park, construction of the seven-hectare nature ecopark in Pangapisan North that will include the Limahong Channel Tourism Center and construction of theLingayen Amusement Park.
Warning against corruption and delinquent taxpayers, he cited the recent closure of the old common terminal for violation of non-renewal of business permit and non-payment of rental fees for almost a decade.
Bataoil also warned employees of the LGU against corrupt practices and echoed his call to maintain the drug-free status of the town.
He listed some of his next priorities that include plans to construct a pedestrian skywalk connecting the town hall, plaza, market, and district hospital; a multi-level parking space; and the Mac Arthur landing monument; installation of solar street lights, closed circuit television cameras, and computerized transactions in the municipal government in support of the environmental-friendly concept of being paperless.”
He stressed his constituents can expect from his administration “political will with humanitarian consideration” in months ahead and appealed for their understanding, cooperation, and discipline. (Helen Martin)
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