Legazpi LGU Earns the Most Among Bicol Cities in FY2009

The city hall of Legazpi pictured here, fronting the Peñaranda park.

The local government unit of Legazpi city in Albay proved a notch better than Bicol’s only independent component city of Naga when it grossed higher in its total operating income for fiscal year 2009 by a margin of P31,291,467. Other local cities income rank in order from high to the lowest are Sorsogon, Ligao, Tabaco, Masbate and Iriga.

But checking alone the totals as reflected on the annual income will not give some idea why Naga earned less than Legazpi. Check out that Naga collected much more than any other city on real property tax with P84,297,608 alone.

City Real Property Tax Tax on Business Other Taxes Total Tax Revenue
Naga 84,297,608 83,462,145 14,114,782 181,874,535
Legazpi 58,014,141 84,121,051 8,266,846 150,402,039
Tabaco 13,651,180 6,304,405 10,018,517 29,974,102
Sorsogon 14,114,365 10,213,541 2,798,738 27,126,643
Iriga 10,890,245 13,507,595 2,204,000 26,601,840
Masbate 5,237,357 10,142,979 2,322,321 17,702,657
Ligao 4,223,733 8,767,372 1,922,921 14,914,026

The sum of all taxes which include property, business and other taxes was even topped by Naga and followed by Legazpi but with a very noticeable difference of P31,472,496 in favor of the Camarines Sur city. Of the seven cities, Ligao least earned based on all tax revenue total.

City Regulatory Fees (Permit and  Licenses) Service/  User Charges (Service Income) Income from Economic Enterprises (Business Income) Other Receipts (Other General Income) Total Non-  Tax Revenue Total Local Taxes
Naga 19,907,492 5,125,356 54,290,876 16,021,246 95,344,970 277,219,505
Legazpi 11,848,447 6,011,871 20,755,812 2,532,978 41,149,108 191,551,146
Sorsogon 5,909,691 1,746,922 2,981,637 101,627,503 112,265,753 139,392,397
Tabaco 6,655,408 6,353,961 6,284,346 0 19,293,715 49,267,817
Masbate 5,921,356 2,859,089 20,365,880 185,370 29,331,695 47,034,352
Iriga 4,768,430 2,015,025 10,068,570 1,151,647 18,003,672 44,605,512
Ligao 2,395,437 1,553,851 7,170,995 10,634,695 21,754,978 36,669,004

On income earned from local sources, again Naga topped the list by leaps and bounds with a margin of P85,668,358 VS that of Legazpi. This is understandable since its collection from regulatory fees and income from economic enterprises (business income) was the highest among the seven LGUs. Only the city of Sorsogon earned the most on Other Receipts (other general income) that was why it placed third among the LGUs in total sources.

Sorsogon received a big chunk in internal revenue allotment followed by Legazpi and Ligao. Then again, Sorsogon got a share from its effort on National Tax Collection more than any of the six others.

City Internal Revenue Allotment Other Shares from Nat’l. Tax Collections Inter –  Local Transfer        Extaordinary Receipts/ Grants/ Donations/ Aids Total External Sources Total Current Operating Income
Naga  299,364,530 0 0 0 299,364,530 576,584,035
Tabaco  271,031,338 0 0 520,807 271,552,145 320,819,962
Legazpi  331,377,456 924,660 0 84,022,241 416,324,356 607,875,502
Sorsogon  361,916,951 12,116,580 0 10,000,000 384,033,531 523,425,928
Masbate  262,613,785 134,699 0 3,000,000 265,748,484 312,782,836
Iriga  256,435,165 146,593 5,196,930 0 261,778,688 306,384,201
Ligao  304,182,381 630,504 0 6,824,018 311,636,903 348,305,907

The “secret” why Legazpi topped earnings for fiscal year 2009? The LGU received a whopping P84,022,241 described as extraordinary receipts or grants or donations or aids. In other, words it is not an income due to regular operation of the LGU but a dole out from good “hearted” (foreign and Local) governments, agencies and non-governmental entities.

That specific package amount propelled Legazpi’s income to top the total both in receipts from external sources and eventually padding its annual current income. Dole outs do not happen every year.

Meanwhile, Sorsogon is a big contender on the third list while the city of Iriga settled on the bottom list.


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