The City government already collected P63, 051,000 local taxes to be on track to its targeted collection this year.

Based on the data provided by City Treasurer Marissa Soliven, the first semester collection is clear more than 8 percent from last year’s P57, 765, 581 in the same period.

“We are optimistic to meet our target,” Soliven said.

Soliven, who assumed her post April last year, said that the main reason of the positive output is the collective efforts of all stakeholders to attain higher revenues.

The Department of Finance pegged P97 million as their target this year which  it can be done, she said.

Soliven pointed out that there is increase in their collections in tax on businesses, real properties, regularity fees, tax revenues, non-tax revenues, economic enterprises and others.

Meanwhile, Candon is the center of commerce, education and trade in southern Ilocos Sur and is aiming to a leading economic growth center in the region.

The city is expected to gain much economic mileage in the recent opening of the City’s by-pass road (phase I).

The said more than three kilometers diversion road will ease traffic in the central district and also will serve as expansion area of the economic activities.

Its phase II portion is currently being completed.

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