Officers and members of the 18 People's Organizations who attended the bookkeeping seminar facilitated by the military in support of their own respective businesses. Photo by Jason De Jesus

By Jason De Asis

BALER, Aurora-EIGHTEEN People’s Organizations (POs) undergo bookkeeping seminar aimed to capacitate its officers in managing the livelihood programs given to them by the government held at Laang Sibol Building, the home of 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army, Barangay Calabuanan, here on Sunday.

Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto, Jr., commander of 91st IB said that the training was given to the officers of the 18 POs informing the participants the basic accounting, fundamental financial accounting, record keeping and the requirements in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) of their livelihood programs.

“Every time that we have a meeting, training should also be conducted to help our POs to maximize the gatherings because our participants are from different places in the province. Livelihood programs are not enough, the most important to our former rebels and their mass supporters should be financial literacy in order to rightfully manage finances, repay loans, grow their savings, and even in bookkeeping, know the inflows and outflows of the finances among others through the help of BIR,” Recto said.

He added that most of the businesses of the POs are agricultural-based like hog farming, fish pond, and poultry farming. It also includes the POs business in sari-sari stores, and poultry-raising among others.

“Your 91st IB is willing to help to make our POs grow. We are also encouraging others to support their business endeavors to finally start their lives anew. Let us give them the opportunity to patronize and grow their business. Attaining peace is a shared responsibility, with that, let us do our part to be law-abiding citizens and join us in our quest for peace and development,” Recto said.

Mary Clouise A. Macatiag, Revenue Officer-BIR Revenue District Office 022 Baler lauded the efforts of 91st IB to impart their knowledge to the POs in Aurora.

“We have the taxpayer awareness program for bookkeeping, registering, filing among others. 70% collected by our Bureau goes to our government’s projects and programs based on the national tax allotment, more taxes collected, more projects will be given by our government to the people,” she said.

The exercises drew a total of 75 participants from the POs in the province organized by 91st IB and also facilitated by the BIR’s Chief Compliance Section Dan Manlapaz.