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57K Walk with the Holy Child

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) - The cold weather coupled with drizzle which reigned dawn time today has failed to dampen the faith of more than Fifty-seven thousand devotees as they successfully journey with the Holy Child's image for this year's annual 'Walk with Jesus'.

Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama was among those thousands of devotees who partook in the religious activity which started the first day of the 9-day Novena Mass for the annual Fiesta Señor celebration today January 8, 2015.

The People's Mayor attended the event both as a devotee of Santo Niño de Cebu and as a hands-on chief executive of this Queen City of the South ensuring the smooth flow of the activity, safety and security of everyone.

Bringing with them the images of Baby Jesus, thousands of devotees flocked and flooded the procession route from Fuente Rotunda to the Basilica del Santo Niño which kicked off at 4 o'clock early morning Thursday.

The penitential procession lasted for more than an hour before the carroza, which bears the Holy Child's image arrived at the Pilgrim Center. Everyone prayed the Holy Rosary while walking.

Right after the solemn procession, the first Novena Mass followed and was officiated by Fr. Jonas Mejares, the rector of the Basilica del Santo Niño.

In his homily, Father Mejares appealed to everyone to pay homage to Senior Santo Niño and to bear in mind that the Holy Child is the reason why we are celebrating the Sinulog Festivity.

The singing priest also reminds the devotees that it is okay to dream but not too much, and rendered the song entitled, "The Impossible Dream".

The holy novena mass was highlighted by the installation of Hermano and Hermana Mayor for this year, the doctor couple Jose and Jill Enreque.

Furthermore, the first activity for this year's Fiesta Señor celebration turned out to be a huge success. This year's celebration bears the theme, “Santo Niño : Hope of the People.” (By: Greggy Jiggs Senados, PIO Staff)


 

Announcement to the public

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Cebu City Public Information Office ) - The Cebu City Government is holding the One-Stop shop renewal and application of Mayor's Business Permit at SM Trade Hall 3, in SM City Cebu.

The One-Stop shop which started last January 5, 2015 Monday will end until January 24, 2015 Saturday. Only entrance 5 located near Radisson Blu Hotel will be open to taxpayers from 8AM to 10AM and all are advised to bring their valid IDs upon entering. All gates will be already open during mall hours.

The operation will run from Mondays to Fridays from 8AM to 7PM on a first come first served basis, however, they are open for transactions for two Saturdays on January 10 and 24. It will be temporarily closed on January 17 Saturday for the Sinulog celebration.

All operators and/or owners of the more than Thirty thousand business establishments from the city's Eighty villages are advised to renew their Mayor's business permit within the scheduled date on January 5 to 23 to avoid interest, surcharge and penalties. Please be guided. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)

 

City ranks third in tax collection efficiency!

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(CEBU CITY – Public Information Office) – The Queen City of the South emerged third among 16 cities all over Central Visayas in terms of tax collection efficiency for the year 2013.

The objective business tax collection for that year was P1.09 billion, and the city after the actual collection reached about P1.18 billion.

City Treasurer’s Office (Cto) chief Diwa Cuevas received an announcement from the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF)-7 last August 26, 2014 notifying the city’s standing of its tax collection efficiency.

BLGF-7 said that the Cebu City Government through its Cto achieve in 2013 a collection efficiency of 107.77 percent. The actual fees and charges collection reached P415.44 million, which is greater than the target collection of P335.72 million, or a collection efficiency of 123.75.

In an interview with the BARUGG News, Cuevas pointed out that the increase in tax collection could be attributed to the growing number of business establishments in the city, adding that it was also due to their systematic tax collection campaign.

The Cebu City Government under Mayor Michael L Rama's leadership has 45 percent higher collection compared to the collection in the past few years during the term of former mayor Tomas Osmena. During 2007-2009 under Osmena's term the tax collection was only raised to P3.6 billion in real property tax while in Rama’s administration the city has collected P5.3 billion from 2011 to 2013.

Meanwhile, the BLGF-7 communication letter did not emphasize and reveal the ranking of the 16 cities in the region which emerged as efficient in their tax collection.

The city is yet to receive the communication from BLGF-7 for the ranking and status of tax collection efficiency for the year 2014. To date, the city is doing its best to maintain and still improve their collection this year to achieve a much better ranking.

Moreover, for the year 2015, the city is conducting the One-stop shop application and renewal of Mayor’s Business Permit at SM City Cebu Trade Hall 3 from January 5-23 with a target collection of P5 billion. For two days of its operation, the city has collected at least P8.8 million already. The city has a P13 billion annual budget for this year. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)

 

One-stop shop

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) - The Cebu City Government thru it's One-Stop shop renewal and application of Mayor's Business Permit will be officially open at 8AM instead of 10AM starting January 5, 2015 Monday until January 24, 2015 Saturday, at SM Trade Hall 3, SM City Cebu.

Only entrance 5 located near Radisson Blu Hotel will be open to taxpayers from 8AM to 10AM and all are advised to bring their valid IDs upon entering. All gates will be already open during mall hours.

The operation will run from Mondays to Fridays from 8AM to 7PM on a first come first served basis, however, they are open for transactions for two Saturdays on January 10 and 24. It will be temporarily closed on January 17 Saturday for the Sinulog celebration. Please be guided. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)

 


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