BIR 8 officials to explain transfer of district office from Catbalogan to Calbayog City

TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) — Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Celia King will seek clarification over the proposed transfer of Revenue District 87 to Calbayog City from its current location in Catbalogan City, both in Samar province.

King has summoned officials of the offices to do some explanation.

The move was a result of the personal inquiry of Catbalogan City Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan with King last Oct 24, already a follow up of her letter that was earlier sent to Commissioner Kim Henares.

“I informed deputy commissioner King why the revenue district office should remain in Catbalogan. We are the capital town and the district office has always been in our area since time immemorial,” said the lady mayor.

“As the recognized capital of the province, and even way back when Samar Island was not yet divided into three separate provinces, national government agencies and private companies had naturally set up their branches in Catbalogan, making the city a one-stop-shop for various transactions,” she added.

Catbalogan is strategically located at the center of Samar, thus it is more convenient for tax payers from their neighboring municipalities when they do transactions.

The city is a suitable to economic, political, educational and cultural hub of the province, thus their trading partners also opposed the plan to transfer the revenue district office.

Calbayog City, on the other hand, is located in the northern part of the province.

It is the last local government unit of Samar bordering with Northern Samar.