The Film Academy of the Philippines will present a plaque of appreciation to Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim during the 26th Luna Awards to be held on Saturday, February 8, at the Mandarin Oriental Suites at Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
Mayor Lim last year directed the remittance directly to the Academy of its 20 percent share on the 25 centavo cultural development tax collected by movie houses for admission tickets in the City of Manila retroactive to the year 1992—the year the local government units stopped remitting the proceeds of the cultural tax to the then Metropolitan Manila Commission.
Director General Martinez wrote a letter to the City of Manila requesting the resumption of the remittance of the Academy’s share on the cultural tax.
The MMC passed an ordinance in 1979 setting up the Cultural Development Fund to be derived from the 25 centavo levy on all admission tickets of movie houses in Metro Manila. Amendatory MMC Ordinance 84-03 allocated the proceeds from the cultural development tax as follows: 30% to the Cultural Center of the Philippines; 20% to the Film Academy of the Philippines; 20% to the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines and 30% to be retained by MMC.
The MMC remitted the funds to the beneficiaries for several years but with the enactment of the Local Government Code in 1992, the MMC declared that government units were to remit the shares directly to the beneficiaries. The last remittance to beneficiaries was in May, 1985.
But it appears that since January 1992, the local government units stopped remitting the cultural tax to the MMC even if the cultural development tax continued to be collected by movie houses.
FAP Director General Leo Martinez said that with the favorable ruling and action of Mayor Lim and his legal officer, the FAP will be able to convince other cities and towns of Metropolitan Manila to remit the Academy’s share of the cultural tax. “Hopefully, retroactive also to 1992,” Martinez added.
The text of the plaque of appreciation is as follows:
Mayor Alfredo S. Lim
City of Manila
the Film Academy of the Philippines of its 20 percent share on
the 25 centavo cultural development tax collected by movie houses for admission tickets in the City of Manila retroactive to the year 1992 up
to 2007. This amounted to P2,113,624.75 and was turned over to
the Academy last July 2008, a timely financial aid to the Academy whose share from the income of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival has been drastically reduced since three years ago. Furthermore, the good mayor has ordered that henceforth the cultural tax remittance to the Academy with be on a yearly basis.
held at the Mandarin Oriental Suites, Gateway Mall, Cubao, Q.C.
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