Makati to pursue ‘no physical contact’ tax payment, online public bidding for projects

Members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee investigating the alleged overpricing of a 12-story building for the University of Makati's nursing school watch a presentation on Monday. The building's construction cost of P1.140 billion is alleged to be overpriced to benefit then mayor Jejomar Binay back in 2007. (MNS Photo)

Members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee investigating the alleged overpricing of a 12-story building for the University of Makati’s nursing school watch a presentation on Monday. The building’s construction cost of P1.140 billion is alleged to be overpriced to benefit then mayor Jejomar Binay back in 2007. (MNS Photo)

MANILA  (PNA) – Makati’s city government is seeking to streamline the payment of taxes and hold public bidding for projects through information technology as part of its goal to achieve transparency and efficiency in delivering public services.

Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said her administration will allow electronic and online payments for realty taxes, local business taxes and other fees.

“We will simplify the payment of local taxes and make it, as far as practicable, a ‘no physical contact’ process. We will employ the latest technology that would improve revenue collection efficiency and make tax payments less burdensome to our taxpayers,” the mayor said when she addressed a recent session of the Makati City Council.

Binay also said she wants to conduct public bidding through a secure electronic transaction system to prevent fixing and other forms of manipulation in transactions at the City Hall.

She promised residents a high-speed Internet connection by setting up free Wi-Fi spots in the city’s barangay halls.

Binay noted the importance of using modern technology in ensuring that the city remain as the country’s financial center.

“We must restore efficiency in government, restore the people’s faith in their leaders, and the business community’s confidence in our economy and our capacity to expand and sustain such an expansion,” she said.

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