Antipolo City Mayor Andrea “Andeng” Ynares announced that the City Government will still waive the tax, fees and other school charges like business permit renewal for 2022.
Ynares said she understands the plight of schools which continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Isa sa mga naapektuhan ng pandemic ang mga private schools sapagkat kasama sa pagkawala ng face-to-face classes, naapektuhan din ang kanilang income na inilalaan sa pagsasaayos ng mga facilities, pang-sweldo sa mga guro at staff, at iba pang gastusin. Ang ibang private schools ay pinili na din mag sara pansamantala…. na magdudulot ng lalong pasisikip sa ibang paaralan sa oras na manumbalik ang face to face,” said Ynares.
This she said is the reason why the city government decided to help the schools because Mayor Andeng believes the major role of education in molding the youth.
“Tulad noong 2021, minabuti nating i-waive muli ang lahat ng mga tax, fees at charges na kasama sa business permit renewal para sa taong 2022,” sinabi nito.
“Ibig sabihin po nito, walang muling babayarang tax sa Business Permit Renewal. Waived na din po ang mga fees at charges na kailangang bayaran sa pagrerenew ng business permit,” added Mayor Ynares.
The mayor clarified that the Fire Safety Inspection Fee (BFP) and Barangay Clearance Fee are different matters as these are not covered by the local government.
Earlier, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) said enrollment in private schools for School Year 2020-2021 dropped by 50 percent or 2 million students, while 400,000 private school students transferred to public schools, based on Department of Education data.
Cocopea Managing Director Joseph Noel Estrada said the shift to distance learning had resulted in the dip in enrollment and shutdown of some private schools.