Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) is one of the largest corporate taxpayers in Palawan in real property tax (RPT) payments, helping to realize different development agendas of local government units.
The island province of Palawan’s mineralized lands, particularly in its southern portion, has helped keep the local economy afloat, especially during the pandemic.
RTNMC has paid the province P340,140,000.00 in RPT from 2016 until 2020. This amount does not include income and excise taxes and other local taxes paid by the company to the local and national governments.
In 2017, the RPT paid to the local government unit of Bataraza amounted to P13,936,017, an increase of more than 35 percent versus its previous year’s payment amounting to P 8,983,012.40. The following year the company was again lauded as the number one taxpayer in Palawan with a total RPT payment of P10. 3 million.
Bataraza Mayor Abraham Ibba has hailed RTNMC’s contributions in Barangay Rio Tuba as it accounts for 80-85 percent of its gross income. He also added that the taxes being paid by the company are helping them improve the living conditions of the residents of their town.
“Napakalaki ng impact ng binabayad ni RTN [na taxes] sa ekonomiya ng Bataraza. ‘Yong gross income tax, more or less nasa total of taxes of Bataraza, nasa 80-85 percent coming from the two companies na,” he said.
Bataraza Acting Municipal Treasurer Romana Bermudez said that the company’s real property and business taxes have significantly impact the town’s economy.
The RTNMC’s combined payments on the mayor’s permit and licenses has reached around P34 million as of 2019.
She said that since RTNMC is a mining company inside the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), it currently pays five percent gross income tax.
RTNMC was instrumental in creating the Rio Tuba Export Processing Zone through Presidential Proclamation No. 304 in 2002. It facilitated the establishment and hosting of other businesses which bring jobs to the immediate communities.
“Malaking impact niya dito kasi malaki ‘yong binabayaran nila na taxes sa real property at sa business tax,” she said.
The contribution of RTNMC has been recognized every year by the Provincial Government of Palawan in a program honoring the municipal treasurers for diligently performing tax collection in their respective locality.
RTNMC plays a significant role in providing jobs and basic services to its surrounding communities and creating a venue for an active economic hub with good support infrastructure.
The company has been one of the largest corporate taxpayers in Palawan since 2014 and was acknowledged as the 28th Largest Corporate Taxpayer in the Philippines in 2015. In 2016 alone, RTNMC contributed nearly PHP 800 Million in tax revenues and PHP 41.3 Million in royalties, a level achieved by very few other Palawan-based business operations.