SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP Real property tax delinquencies in Muntinlupa City reaching P2.931 billion have alarmed the Commission on Audit (COA), prompting it to call for the immediate implementation of remedial measures to address the problem. While COA cited the city government for realizing P5.70 billion or 94 percent of its estimated income of P6.01 billion in 2019, the audit agency also expressed misgivings over the low collection of “non-tax revenues.” COA disclosed that the shortfall for non-tax revenues has reached P371.37 million or 28.22 percent of the target “because measures and strategies to improve collection efficiency were not adopted.” The city government under Mayor Jaime Fresnedi also won praises from COA in its 2019 annual audit report that may have neutralized several adverse audit observations. “The city is continuously exercising good fiscal management by paying its various loans ahead of its maturity date while sustaining the needs of its constituency,” auditors said. COA also gave Muntinlupa City good reviews for social waste management, property insurance, implementation of the Special Education Fund and handling of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund. However, the state audit agency lamented the failure of the city government to reduce the realty tax delinquency total of P2.931 billion. “The city could have generated additional income from Real Property Tax (RPT) had the realty tax delinquency of P2.931 billion been collected by implementing the remedies provided for under RA No. 7160,” COA said. During the year in audit, the city government collected P1.106 billion in realty tax, the second biggest contributor to the total collection in 2019. “However, the balance of receivables for RPT at the beginning of the year amounting to P1,155,467,846.06 plus the recorded receivables during the year of P1,382,286,828.08 or a total of P2,537,754,674.14 showed that the actual collection of P1,106,916,432.63 is only 43.62 percent of the total receivables,” the audit report revealed. During the year, a total P2,931,628,770.95, including penalties, was reported as tax delinquency for the nine barangays in Muntinupa. The highest amount of tax delinquency was registered in Alabang at P1.035 billion. The unpaid RPT includes the joint venture lots that are part of the joint venture agreement between government as owner and Filinvest Development Corporation as beneficiary for the development of the property. To reduce delinquency among property owners, COA asked the city government to apply sanctions provided under Republic Act No. 7160 “to deter delayed payment or non-payment of taxes.” Auditors said the non-tax revenue shortfall of P371.37 million can be substantially reduced if “measures and strategies to improve collection efficiency” were observed.
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Work is underway for the remaining September action items, including: created a streamlined curriculum with a focus on math and literacy for grades Primary to 3 developed a provincewide code of conduct that will apply to all schools and boards discontinued homework guidelines and held a survey on new homework standards realigned the department structure to be more in line with the action plan established a Centre for Learning Excellence in March as part of the department’s realignment added more hands-on learning activities for developing technology skills, including Brilliant Labs provided targeted funding to school boards for math mentors provided funding for early intervention support in math for students in grades Primary to 3 provided funding to early intervention programs to address the waitlist a Minister’s Forum for Teaching Excellence an Inter-University Chair in Research a Business Education Council a Transition Task Force of public school educators, universities, and the NSCC The school year ends Tuesday, June 30, but the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will keep busy preparing for changes to the education system in September. “I wish all students, teachers and school support staff a safe and happy summer,” said Karen Casey, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister. “The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will remain busy as we continue to prepare for changes to the education system coming in September.” The Nova Scotia Action Plan on Education will renew, rebuild and refocus the education system over the next five years, with many actions being implemented this September. It was based on the feedback of more than 19,000 Nova Scotians, including teachers, students, school support staff, school boards, universities and the business community. Since the plan was announced in January, the province has: One action item in the plan will be amended. Provincial assessments in literacy and mathematics in Grade 3 and Grade 8 will be maintained so curriculum changes can be assessed provincewide. The change is supported by feedback from teachers and administrators. “I continue to ask at every step of implementation ‘Is this in the best interest of students?’ If something is not, we will change it. In this case, we believe that at this time, it is important to maintain the provincial assessments to see how the new curriculum benefits students,” said Ms. Casey. To view the June progress update on the Action Plan, visit http://novascotia.ca/education .
Two internationally recognized Argentine experts in conservation and restoration of works of art will be visiting Guyana between September 2 to 9, 2017.This visit is a result of a collaborative effort between the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, and the Government of Argentina, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, involving the restoration and conservation, over a period of time, of a number of works of art belonging to the National Collection of Art housed at the National Gallery of Art, Castellani House.The project will be implemented by the “Taller Area” of the Cultural Heritage Research Institute (TAREA-IIPC) at the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The project will be conducted in coordination and collaboration between the National Gallery of Art of Guyana and the experts of TAREA-IIPC UNSAM.The travel of the Argentine experts will be financed by the Fund for South-South Cooperation administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.According to a joint release from the Education Ministry and the Argentina Embassy in Guyana, “this visit is essentially an exploratory mission in which the Argentine team will be conducting a first assessment of the damaged works of art, most of them oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, canvas boards, tentest and tentest lined with fabric, after which a proposal will be put in place on the way forward to implement the project.”The team will consist of Néstor Barrio, Dean of the Research Institute on the Cultural Patrimony, and Ms Damasia Gallegos, Director of the “Taller Tarea”.In 2014, Guyana’s National Gallery of Art, Castellani House, discovered that a number of its prized paintings and works from its Repository of the National Collection had deteriorated due to several factors, and as a consequence were endangered.“It was therefore considered necessary to restore the affected works. Unfortunately, Guyana does not possess the necessary technical competence to counteract the state of deterioration” said the release.This realization saw the then Director of Culture, Dr James Rose meeting with Ambassador Luis Alberto Martino on March 16, 2015, to discuss collaborative efforts between Guyana and Argentina to “treat damaged paintings”.As a result of this, the International Cooperation Department of the Argentine Foreign Ministry confirmed the availability of a team of the UNSAM to put this project in motion.TAREA-IIPC UNSAM is a research and training institute that has extensive experience in international and regional collaboration of conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural heritage and works of art.According to the joint statement, the TAREA-IIPC UNSAM experts will create and install capabilities and create a pool of human resources that will receive further training in the next stages of the project.During their stint in Guyana, the Argentine experts will undertake the following tasks:– Works of art will be meticulously examined by experts of TAREA-IIPC UNSAM and assessment of conditions and needs for restoration and conservation will be conducted.– Identification of the material and techniques needed in order to restore and conserve works of art, in order to consolidate the future exhibitions of the Guyana National Collection of Art.– Identification of a pool of resource persons from the National Gallery of Art and other cultural institutions of Guyana, who will receive training in conservation and restoration.The persons who will participate in the training will be selected from the various cultural institutions proposed by Guyana. Participants will be drawn from the National Gallery of Art, the E.R. Burrowes School of Art, the University of Guyana, the National Archives, the National Trust, the National Museum, the Museum of African Heritage and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology.According to the joint statement, the project will have an impact on research and teaching that is developed in TAREA-IIPC UNSAM. “The possibility of involving other University actors in the project will be explored, for instance teachers, researchers and students. In particular the possibility to sign bilateral cooperation agreements to increase student and teacher mobility between UNSAM and institutions of higher education involved in art training in Guyana, which will also promote the internationalization of higher education and training between our countries.”This large-scale project will certainly serve to further strengthen ties between Guyana and Argentina and to spread awareness of preserving all expressions of the cultural heritage, among which conservation and restoration of art play a central role.“As a matter of fact, this collaboration will see a number of Guyanese immensely benefiting from capacity building in this area via a series of workshops and training sessions” said the joint statement. 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