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Laguna PTO acts upon coronavirus crisis

Laguna PTO acts upon coronavirus crisis
Provincial Treasurer’s Office

The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected not only the health and lives of the people but also impaired communities’ source of living, from small to great, which make up the country’s economy. 

Following the lockdown after the declaration of a state of public health emergency, the national government promptly addressed the situation by allotting funds in support of the affected masses and businesses.

In response to Covid-19 outbreak in the province of Laguna, the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) rolled out disaster funds and extended services, immediately coordinating with the Office of the Provincial Accountant (OPA) for the remaining balances of calamity funds under the trust fund and general fund accounts to facilitate appropriate allocation of expenses.

Certified cash are made available by PTO for all expenses related to the procurement of supplies and materials, medical and laboratory supplies, PPE’s and other Covid-19 related items. 

With proper coordination with the offices of the Provincial Accountant and the Provincial Budget, the sources of funds for supplemental budget nos. 1 & 2 had signified the signature of Mrs. Evelyn A. De Guzman, Provincial Treasurer, on the document. 

In addition to this, the PTO worked closely with the offices of the Governor, Provincial Administrator, Legal Officer, Provincial Accountant and Budget Officer in relation to the financial requirements intended for COVID-19 measures of the province.

For the benefit of taxpayers, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved an ordinance extending the first quarter payment of real property taxes due on March 31, 2020 from April 1 to June 30, 2020 with condonation of penalties on the first quarter payment which is on March 31, 2020. 

The Provincial Board also approved Provincial Tax Ordinance No. 2, S. 2020 under Resolution No. 334, S. 2020 on April 6, 2020, granting thirty (30) days extension of payment of transfer of real property ownership if the days falls within the period of Enhanced Community Quarantine without penalty and surcharges.

Furthermore, PTO teamed up with Philhealth and the Department of Health (DOH) to allocate financial assistance for the province of Laguna, and recently picked up and received a check from the Office of the President at the Malacañang Palace as aid to the crisis. 

Lastly, the office provided a skeletal workforce from Mondays through Fridays to accommodate treasury services during the period of Enhanced Community Quarantine.

(Laila Ramirez, AA III-PTO/PIO Laguna)