The local leaders of Bacnotan, La Union welcomed legislators from the Municipality of Sabangan, Mountain Province for their benchmarking activity on June 1, 2022.

Mayor Francis and Vice Mayor Divine Fontanilla led Sangguniang Bayan Members, Department Heads and employees in welcoming the delegation of employees and legislators led by Vice Mayor Dario Esden.

The visitors came to learn Bacnotan’s best practices on local revenue generation.

In his welcome remarks, Mayor Francis thanked the legislators for choosing Bacnotan among all the performing towns in the region. He mentioned how his administration invested in computerization of processes in the LGU paving way to a more efficient assessment of fees and real property taxes (RPT) and a more effective collection procedures.

On the part of the Sangguniang Bayan, Vice Mayor Divine emphasized the importance of well-researched legislations with the active participation of local special bodies and civil society organizations. She explained that, in crafting revenue generation activities, the public must always be involved to ensure transparency which leads to a stronger people’s participation.

During the dialogue and open forum, Acting Municipal Treasurer Felisa Valdehueza explained how Bacnotan is improving its collection by reminding the public of their obligations through various activities like the Dur-as ti Barangay.

The Sangguniang Bayan Members of Sabangan and their legislative staff present thanked their counterparts for that ideas they have learned during their benchmarking activity.

LGU Bacnotan has been hosting benchmarking activities of government entities and private organizations from various provinces.