MANILA, Philippines – The Pasay City government was forced to stop the implementation of an ordinance taxing dogs and bikes following a public uproar.
Pasay City residents were up in arms over the memorandum of City Treasurer Manuel Leycano Jr. to begin collecting the following annual taxes: P20 for each dog in the household and P30 for each bicycle.
Several concerned citizens took to the social networking site Facebook to express their displeasure and criticized city officials for pushing the dog and bike taxes.
The Office of Mayor Tony Calixto clarified that the city ordinance was passed in 1999 during the term of Mayor Jovito Claudio but was only going to be implemented this year.
The proceeds from the tax were to be used to buy vaccines for dogs at the city pound and plate numbers for bicycles.
But due to the public's negative reaction, the implementation of the ordinance has been deferred pending the next meeting of the city council.
“Kaming mga nagbibisikleta, kaya kami nagba-bike para makatipid kami sa pamasahe. Malayo pa ako umuuwi tapos bubuwisan pa, kawawa naman kaming mahihirap,” said Roseler Udal, a Pasay resident. -- Reports from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News; ANC