Mayor Ferdie Estrella engages businessmen by writing them a thank you Letter to Partners in Growth assuring them that peoples’ money will be well-spent and shall be used to prioritise projects that make Baliwag more competitive as a municipality.
Making our municipality competitive will be good for the business community as this will provide more investments and money. If Baliwag’s rank continues to spiral, it will lose its edge over other municipalities and eventually outclassed. Baliwag used to be in the top 3 municipalities, together with Meycauayan and Malolos, both are now cities.
He urges to continue changing mindset about local taxes as a burden but instead an investment to further spur economic growth and sustain competitiveness of the municipality. Baliwag as trading center looks at gross sales of retail stores /shops selling commodities and non-commodities as its major source of revenue. Financial institutions have issues on recording their gross sales on the place where the sale emanated. Usually, the branch record income from loans at the head office. Mayor Estrella challenged banks to be genuine partners in growth by allocating share appropriately.
Baliwag is slowly reclaiming territories that were occupied by more dynamic and aggressive municipalities. This can only be sustained if consciousness of people on paying local taxes will be done faithfully and truthfully.