February 25, 2007

Fiesta revenue
LC collects lower amusement taxes

WITH a marked decrease in the number of people entering the carnival, the Laoag City government ended up collecting lower amusement taxes for this year’s fiesta celebration compared to last year.

Records show that the City Treasurer’s Office collected a total of only P242,448 in amusement taxes for this year, way below the amusement tax collection last year which reached the P300,000 mark.

City treasurer Elena Asuncion reported that the decrease in the collection may be a result of the public’s fear in carnival rides because of what had happened in Metro Manila where several carnival rides malfunctioned causing injuries and fatality among merrymakers.

Asuncion added that even if the rides were packed during the fiesta celebration, there was still a big dip in the number of people that entered the carnival grounds based from the number of tickets sold at the gates.

Carnival records showed that they only had a gross sale of P808,160 for their 18-day operation, where 30 percent—or a total of P242,448—had been given to the city government as payment for the amusement tax.

Aside from the revenue generated by the carnival, the city government was also able to collect P8,222.82 from the carnival for business permit fees while another P4,337.50 was levied on the baratillo sale for the permit fees.

Meanwhile, in a random interview conducted by The Ilocos Times on fiesta goers, it was found out that most of them chose to just watch the different activities during the celebrations instead of going to the carnival as they reasoned that they would rather use the money that could have been spent on rides for buying their needs.

In a related development, Ms. Joanne Pasigi of the City Social Welfare and Development Office represented Laoag City and was crowned the Queen during the Philippine National Red Cross night held February 16 at the City Hall basketball court.

With the help of the different Day-Care Center workers, barangay chairmen and officials of the city Department of Education (DepEd) and officers of the Discolandia group, Pasigi was able to raise P199,000, paving the way for her coronation as Miss PNRC 2007.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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