Capas Mayor Rodriguez believes town to become city by 2019
Capas, Tarlac Mayor Antonio Rodriguez, Jr. has a fearless forecast: the municipality will become a city by 2019.
Rodriguez said Capas is already classified as a first-class highly urbanized municipality with a population of 130,000 and annual revenue of over P60 million as of June this year, the Business Mirror reported.
By 2019, the mayor said Capas is expected to have more than 200,000 population and internally generated revenues of P100 million, qualifying it for the cityhood.
The town has a land area of 376.39 hectares.
Citing municipal treasury records, Rodriguez said Capas’ annual budget this year stood at P278,069,878, or P121,789,004 higher than its P156,280,874 budget in 2009, the year before he took over as mayor.
Its internal revenue allotment (IRA) also posted an P82,149,829 increase at P214,359,177 for this year from the previous P132,209,348 in 2009.
Revenues generated by the town this year reached P63,710,701 or P39,369,175 higher than the previous level of P24,071,526.
The second-termer mayor attributed the rise in the town’s internal revenues to the entry of fresh private investments and increase in real property tax (RPT) collection.
During the years 2010 to 2015, some 1,293 new business establishments were registered in Capas, boosting business-permit collections by P35,419,537 as compared from the previous five-year period of 2005 to 2009.
The town’s RPT collections from 2011 to 2014 also jumped from P5,503,862 to P15,623,164 from the P10,119,302 tax-take in the period 2007 to 2010.
Capas also generates an average of P5 million annual revenues from tourism-oriented activities and businesses in Barangay Santa Juliana, a popular a jump-off point for tourists visiting the crater of Mount Pinatubo, which erupted in 1991.
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