Rosal, Cua Ink MOA on ETRACS

Legazpi City (15 October) -- Mayor Carmen Geraldine B. Rosal of this city and Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the adoption of Enhanced Tax Revenue Assessment and Collection System (ETRACS) of the local government of Catanduanes last October 1, 2010 here.

The adoption of ETRACS by the island province was requested by Cua to the city government here during the term of former Mayor Noel E. Rosal to strengthen the service delivery standard to the people of Catanduanes.

Engr. Joseph Esplana, city planning officer here, pointed out that ETRACS is an Australian Agency International Development (AUSAID) program, under the Local Governance Development Project, and designed to modernize and speed-up the revenue operations of a local government.

Esplana added that one of the commitments of the city government here as principal ETRACS implementer under the original Land Management Program (LAMP) 2 is to cascade the learning process of system installation, provide hands-on training and continuing technical assistance to other interested LGU's.

He likewise said that AUSAID has declared the city government here is very receptive to implement development programs on computerization and the institution is willing to grant some P4.5 million for the expansion of selected programs of LGU's.

On the other hand, Rosal averred that ETRACS would further strengthen and promote sustainability, transparency and advancement in local government programs.

"What we have achieved thru ETRACS can be duplicated in other departments for smoother, better monitored and streamlined system of services," she furthered.

Rosal cited that her administration is very proud to be a model for the program implementation of the provincial government of Catanduanes, adding that this agreement between the city government and the provincial government would be very significant for an effective and improve tax collection system.

In the meantime, Cua has expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Rosal for giving them the full support in the implementation of the said technology.

He also said that this new technology will upgrade the tax revenue collections and other business transactions of the province to lead for more effective and transparent Government.

Furthermore, the LGU's implementers of ETRACS now includes the cities of Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Cadiz, Oroquieta, Tayabas, Iriga, Naga, San Carlos and the municipalities of Maribojoc Bohol, Oton Iloilo, Leganes Iloilo, Bayombong NV and Nabunturan CV. (LGU Legazpi City/PIA/mal)

Source: Philippine Information Agency