Rwanda and La Union visits

Rwanda and La Union visits


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The District Mayor along with his Department heads for Treasury and Accounting of one of the districts of Rwanda in Africa visited the Dumaguete City Hall the past week to learn about how our tax system was formulated and how it is being implemented.

The guests from Rwanda were met by City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, City Administrator William Ablong, and the City Treasurer.

The Dumaguete City Integrated Tax Management System is a computerized database which could assess the cost of real properties and provide corresponding tax and collection mechanisms. It also includes licensing fees, and other related collections due to the City government.

Although Dumaguete is still halfway in its full implementation of the tax system, it has been proven effective thus far, as it provides easy access to tax payers and thus, provides accurate assessment of taxable amount of corresponding real properties and licenses.

If friends from other countries of the world are coming to Dumaguete City and the province of Negros Oriental to learn from us in various aspects of governance and community service, we must be doing something good.


Seven mayors from the province of La Union also breezed into town to talk with our City officials.

City Mayor Pablo C. Ortega San Fernando, Mayor Sandra Eriquel of Agro, Mayor Jose Abansiof Burgos, Mayor Ferdinand Tumbaga of Bagulin, Mayor Noemi Balloguing of Pugo, Mayor Marietta Carbonell of Sto. Tomas, Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin de Guzman of Banez, along with the heads of the La Union Provincial Agriculturist’s Office, the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Administrator’s Office, Provincial Engineer’s, Provincial Tourism Office, and the Provincial Information Office were in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental to learn and observe from our management of the Waste Segregation & Collection Services, our Waste Treatment facilities at Quezon Park, and our Septage Treatment Plant in Camanjac.

They said they were amazed at how we successfully established a network of support groups- Stakeholders and partners in our quest for environmental protection and maintenance programs, and ho we came up with our waste reduction management and strategies.

Our guests were surprised how the City’s more than 30 tons of garbage can be collected daily by only 25 environmental technicians, also called garbage men, equipped with only four dump trucks.

That can only be effective management.

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