CITY OF KORONADAL — Reports from the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) recently released showed that the province’s Sand and Gravel and Mining (SGM) Tax Collection from January to June this year now totaled P9,374,835.78.
PEMO’s 6-month SGM revenue surpassed the P9-million mark when it was able to collect P1,615,143.00 for the month of June, with the addition of the cumulative collection of P7,759,692.78 from January to May this year, the report added..
With this, South Cotabato’s SGM share out of the 6-month collection rose from P3,279,440.26 to P3,871,688.66, or a difference of P592, 248.40.
Likewise, it now averaged P1.6 million a month compared to only P 1.1 million a month last year for the same period.
In 2015, PEMO was able to collect P14,372,192.53 in SGM Tax Collection.
According to Nencita Acain, PEMO – Mines and Geo-Sciences Division Supervising Administrative Officer, the increase in collection is due to the effective information and enforcement drive on Small-Scale Miners (SSM) in the municipality of T’boli to pay their tax obligations to the province.
Some 300 SSM are now operating in the said town and concentrated in the mining barangay of Kematu.