Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista turned over to the Film Academy of the Philippines a check for P5,835,508.95 as its accumulated share from the cultural tax collected on cinema admission tickets from 1998 to 2008 during last Monday’s (Sept. 6) flag raising ceremony at the Q.C. hall plaza.
The new Q.C. mayor handed the check to FAP Director General Leo Martinez in the presence of Academy officials that included Deputy Director General Wilson Tieng; Treasurer Manny Morfe; Issa Sebullen, president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines; Isagani Sioson, president of the Filipino Society of Cinematographers; Joel Apuyan, president of the Assistant Directors & Production Managers Association for Motion Pictures, Inc.; Zahn Garduce, president of the Organization of Specialized Filipino Filmmakers; and Xever Ramos, auditor of the United Film Editors’ Guild of the Philippines.
FAP officers holding blown-up facsimile of the check are (left to right): Director General Leo Martinez, Zahn Garduce (OSFILM), Joel Apuyan (ADPM AMPI), Issa Sebullen (SGP), Xever Ramos (UFEG), Manny Morfe (PDGP) and Isagani Sioson FSC).
Quezon City is the third city to turn over the Academy’s accumulated cultural tax shares. In July, 2008, the Academy received P2.113.624.75 from Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. In March last year, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, still Makati mayor, turned over a check for P4,242,823.72 to FAP.
At present, the Academy is negotiating with the cities of Pasay and Mandaluyong about the possible remittance of its cultural tax shares from 1992 to the present.
FAP Director General Martinez sought the help of Metro Manila mayors in early 2008 to get the Academy’s accumulated shares from the cultural taxes. The Academy is entitled to get five centavos from the 25 centavo cultural tax retroactive to the year 1992.
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.
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