Tax Campaign in Bohol Philippines

BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres' Tax Campaign theme and slogan for 2010 "Making the Public Know" (RMO No, 3-2010) will be launched for this revenue district on Wednesday, February 17 at the Island City, Dao, Tagbilaran City. The activity will start at 8:30 a.m. with a motorcade from the BIR office at M. Torralba St. (back of Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital) moving through the main city streets. The aim is to awaken our tax conscious Boholanos that the advent of the Income Tax filing season is here which deadline is on April 15. A short program will follow at the Island City Mall hopefully to end once again with penned pledges of support by taxpayers towards the achievement of collection goals. CY 2009 collection of BIR-Bohol registered a .03% overshot of the 2009 given goal while January 2010 collection summed a 1.8% increase over last year's collection even with a February 1 registration deadline. 

This launching activity is set to kick off the start of CY 2010 tax filing as well as set off a new tandem of tax collection efforts by newly installed Revenue District Officer for BIR, Bohol RDO Romeo E. Naranjo and Assistant Revenue District Officer Tohammie L. Yahya. The two revenuers strongly invite all taxpayers particularly VAT taxpayers, accounting practitioners as well as profession practitioners to join in the said launching. A series of Tax Seminar on BIR updates will follow thereafter. RR 13, Cebu had its launching last February 5 with the four (4) districts under it excluding Bohol.

It is hoped that the Boholano taxpaying public will again give 100% priority concern to this activity as BIR's partners in its mission of tax collection. A well educated taxpayer is a compliant taxpayer - is the vision of the revenuers. For inquiries please dial Globelines 501-8488 or PLDT 411-2012. (ERLomantas, BIR) 

Antonio Ong Guat, the founder of Bohol Quality Store

From Sunday Post
I pay my sincerest condolences to Antonio Ong Guat, the founder of Bohol Quality Store. My family especially my late Mom owed a lot of gratitude to him. Little is known of the fact that my Mom as a school teacher, was making school teaching charts with her crude rubber printing set. I used to accompany her to Tagbilaran to buy her supplies at Bohol Quality Store, and bought her supplies direct from Ong Guat. Suki niya si Ong Guat to the point that he would attend to her when she goes to the store. In fact, nagpapautang pa siya ni Mom, which she paid when she sold her teaching materials to the new teachers.

I suggest that the provincial and city governments should honor Ong Guat with a posthumous award in recognition of his efforts to be the founder of a business empire in Bohol, which has presently employed thousands of Boholanos presently. I think everybody agrees that his store sparked business to its fullest heights today.

Fred Ong and his wife Babs Gonzaga were good friends of my younger brother Casty.

The growth of Bohol Quality Store to what it is today, is a tribute to the pioneering efforts and sacrifices of their father and of course, which was expanded by Fred Ong and family.

Their success is a trailblazer and an eyeopener to Boholanos with humble beginnings.