January 10, 2017  12:40 AM

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Council is against the proposed increase in taxes on fuel products.

Councilor Caesar Distrito, committee on laws, ordinances and good government chair, said their opposition is expressed in a resolution approved during their session on Jan. 6, 2017.

Distrito said the resolution is in response to the proposal of the Department of Finance (DOF) to the House of Representatives to impose additional taxes on fuel products like diesel.

The DOF pushed a P6 per liter tax on diesel fuel as well as cooking gas and bunker fuel (which is used to generate electricity) and another P4.35 to P10 per liter on gasoline.

The resolution was addressed to the Senate President, the House Speaker and the respective chairpersons of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House and the Senate.

Distrito said the additional taxes are “anti-poor” and not in accordance with the policy direction of the Duterte administration to pursue a human approach for development and uplift the social and economic conditions of the masses.

He added that at this point, “the administration should not impose taxes that will significantly affect the living conditions of poor Filipinos but instead initiate policies that will increase their income, have their own shelter and ease their daily burdens.”