MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, February 4 (PIA) -- The treasurer of this province disclosed that sand and gravel concessionaires along the mighty Subangdaku river in the town of Sogod has accumulated unpaid dues in the amount of P 8 Million.
Provincial treasurer Jesse Go, in a meeting at the RKK Function House Monday which discussed the Subangdaku issue in relation to the recent Court of Appeals ruling, said that his office had sent demand letters to these delinquent operators but to no avail.
This developed as the provincial government mapped out moves to implement the January 15, 2015 resolution of the Court of Appeals 20th Division overruling an earlier decision of the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 in Sogod.
Judge Rolando Gonzales of RTC Branch 39, in a June 16, 2014 ruling in favor of the permittees, had blocked the province from enforcing a provincial revenue ordinance that imposed a P 50.00 per cubic meter collection fee from the previous P 18.00.
But the CA ruled that ordinances are presumed valid, even as it urged the resumption on the civil aspect of the case, paving the way for the province to collect past and current collectible fees, and at the same time regulate extraction activities using a channeling plan designed by the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The P 8 Million in collectibles represented those still covered under the old P 18.00 fee and the new, increased P 50.00 fee, said provincial treasurer Go.
In the utilization of the amount as stipulated in the local government code, 40 percent goes to the host barangay, 30% to the municipality, and another 30% goes to the province.
Based on this sharing scheme, out of the P 8 Million, the barangay will get P 3.2 Million, the municipality of Sogod P 2.4 Million, and the provincial government, another P 2.4 Million, according to Diego Dain Credo, provincial media liaison, in his report to radio stations in the city and province. Esg/mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)