Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada gave recognition to the city’s top business and realty taxpayers that helped laid out numerous projects that benefits majority of Manileños during the awarding ceremony at the Manila Hotel on Friday as part of the 447th Araw Ng Maynila celebration.
Mayor Estrada awarded at least 20 companies and businesses in the city that “sincerely and continuously” paid their taxes.
The ten outstanding business taxpayers are Manila Electric Company, International Containers Terminal Services Inc., SM Prime Holdings Inc., Unilever Philippines Inc., Mercury Drug Corporation; Asian Terminals Inc., Maynilad Services Inc., Philippine Star Daily Inc., Puregold Price Club Inc., and Golden Arches Development Corporation.
Also recognized for their contribution for paying real property on time were Asian Terminals Inc., Manila North Harbour Port Inc., Unilever Philippines,; SM Prime Holdings Inc., Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, International Containers Terminal Services Inc., Home Guaranty Corp., Manila Electric Co., Robinsons Land Corporation and Megaworld Corporation.
All the top taxpayers received plaques of appreciation and trophies.
The Manila Chief Executive also awarded the Gat. Andres Bonifacio Award to Jose Trinidad Pardo, a known economist who held numerous positions in government and public services and is a recipient of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award.
Pardo received numerous awards in the past such as the Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award, the President Manuel Roxas Memorial, and Man of the Year Award 2000.
In 1998, Pardo served as Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and then the Department of Finance (DOF) in 2000, during the term of former President Estrada.
Mayor Estrada also awarded the Youth Role Model Award to Karen Antonette A. Papilleras, Sports/Youth Development Award to Arturo “Coach Turo” Valenzona, Women/Social Relief Award to Atty. Teresita Cruz Sison, and Corporate/ Community Service Award to Dr. Francis Chua. “With your support, Manila is truly regaining its historical title as the Pearl of the Orient,” Estrada told the awedees
The former President also boasted that the city is now financially stable and actively implementing infrastructure projects that would benefit millions of Manileños in the future.
“We have cemented roads, cleaned esteros, renovated hospitals and health centers and were able to purchase state of the art medical equipment and built new school buildings,” Estrada said.