LGU Tubigon Conducts Tax Mapping
By: Jessica M. Inson-Wise
Tax mappers on fieldwork at barangay Tan-awan (From left: Panes, Bonito, Carlo, Bambi, Titing and Arnel)
The Local Government Unit of Tubigon entered into an agreement with the Provincial Assessor’s Office for the implementation of Tax Mapping Program in our municipality. Only six municipalities in the entire province that have not been tax map and Tubigon is one of them. The other five (5) municipalities are Talibon, Ubay, Sevilla, Dagohoy and Maribojoc. The Provincial Government of Bohol helped fund the program to ensure that it would be implemented.
Tax Mapping is an important tool in the real property assessment. It is difficult to establish an adequate real property tax record and accounting system without tax maps. It is the basic foundation of the system. With tax mapping, it establishes a permanent link between the real property and the office records. Its objective is to establish a complete inventory of the real properties within the municipality and identify the ownership of every piece and parcel of land.
The tax mapping program in our municipality started its fieldwork operation last April 3, 2018 in barangay Pooc Oriental, Tubigon, Bohol under the supervision of Mrs. Ma. Luz B. Escauso, Municipal Assessor. During the first three (3) days of the operation, the Tax Mapping Division of the Provincial Assessor’s Office conducted an actual on-site training to our tax mappers on the flow of the fieldwork. The work was a little bit complicated and confusing but as the days go by it becomes more challenging and interesting.
The tax mappers will tie-up the tax declarations to the approved cadastral survey with the guidance of the landowners. The point of consideration is to match the names of the boundaries both in the tax declaration and the approved cadastral map. They don’t collect taxes nor do the measurement of the lands. What they will do is to tie-up the boundaries on approved survey to the tax declarations. The cooperation of the land owners are needed to tie-up the tax declarations accurately. If there are confusions and doubts as to the information on the field, the tax declarations will not be revised and the possibilities of not being included in the tax map control roll. While the project is still on going, the land owners are advised to visit the Office of the Municipal Assessor to reconcile the tax declarations in the approved cadastral survey. The tax effectivity of the program will be on 2020.
Last June 30, 2018 was the retirement of Mrs. Ma. Luz B. Escauso. Despite of that, the project has to continue and currently we are on the finishing stage of the field work. The tax mappers are now in barangay Tan-awan which they started last November 19 until December 10, 2018. The two remaining barangays are Cahayag and Bunacan and we will end the field work on December 31, 2018. By January 2019 will be the start of the records conversion and hopefully we could finish that in six (6) month time.
The tax mappers on barangays Tan-awan and Bunacan are Raymund Sagarino, Arnel Rulida, Teofanes Andal, Carlo Aguilar, Bonito Mula, Bambini Saniel and Ferdinand Cubio. Barangay Bunacan was scheduled on December 11 until the 31. For barangay Cahayag will be Rosten John Yagong and Eleazar Aspilla which they will start their fieldwork on December 4 until 31 of this year. For all your concerns please try to approach our personnel and present your tax declarations and titles to them. The office does greatly appreciate the cooperation of the land owners and barangay officials.