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Status of volunteer barangay workers tackled

The City Council in its session last Monday sought the opinion of the Civil Service Commission whether nutrition scholars, nutrition action officers, and health workers who are rendering voluntary services in the different barangays of the city government of baguio by virtue of a memorandum of agreement are covered by CSC rules and regulations.

It also requested the Bureau of Internal Revenue district office to exempt barangay volunteer workers from the coverage of Revenue Memorandum Circular 130-2016.

The query was made relative to the contention of representatives from the BIR district office that services rendered by barangay volunteer workers to the government covered by a MOA are treated under “job order or contract of service” arrangement, which are subject to tax assessment.

Unlike the volunteer workers, employees or individuals rendering government services covered by civil service rules and regulations and receiving minimum wage or below are exempted from withholding tax.

Pee Jay Cuarteros from the BIR cited various CSC resolutions, which stated that services rendered by the individual under job order or contract of service is not considered a government service because there is no employee-employer relationship, thus subject to a percentage tax.

In addition, Ellerton Dangatan said in the absence of employee-employer relationship, individuals rendering service will be treated for taxation purposes as persons engaged in business and their gross income would be taxed under the RMC 130-2016 of three percent of gross payments received from the government.

Meanwhile, in amendatory Ordinance 44, s. 2017, barangay volunteer workers were included among the beneficiaries in Ordinance 17, s. 1993 in recognition of their voluntary service and continued support to the programs, projects, and activities of barangays and the city government.

The amendatory ordinance authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab granted exemption to the health workers, nutrition scholars, nutrition action officers, and human rights action officers in the different barangays from paying police, medical and mayor’s clearance fees for official or personal purposes.

Through resolution 153, s. 2017, the conduct of an agri-fair was approved to run from May 21 to 31 at the Igorot Park as requested by chairperson Balbina Ernesto of the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council.

The recommendation of the committee on market, trade and commerce and agriculture, chaired by Councilor Leandro Yangot, stated that the activity is geared towards promoting the agricultural-tourism industry pursuant to the objectives of Urban Farmer’s Month every May in the city.

The participating urban farmers and gardeners will showcase their farm produce and recycled products to promote zero-waste management in the various barangays in the city.

In support to deaf children and their family, as recommended by the committee on appropriations and finance, chaired by Councilor Elmer Datuin, the body approved the request of program manager George Lintag of the NMS-Cares for the waiver of business or special permit fees for their 1st NMS-Cares Deaf Festival/Trade Fair on May 19 to 21 at the CAP Auditorium at Camp John Hay.

The body authorized Mayor Mauricio Domogan to enter into a MOA with the Department of the Interior and Local Government regional director for the implementation of the PCF multipurpose building/evacuation center at Loakan-Apugan barangay.

The fund for the project will be accessed from the Performance Challenge Fund subsidy, which is a financial component of the city’s Seal of Good Local Governance award for 2016 amounting to P3.4 million.

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