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The Central Board of Assessment Appeals celebrated its 45th anniversary with the theme “Moving On To Greater Heights” last June 7, 2019 at New Dawn Plus Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

All commissioners and a number of personnel from the central office of CBAA in Manila travelled to Cagayan de Oro to join the event in commemorating the 45th anniversary.

This year’s anniversary was hosted by the CBAA Mindanao Field Office and it highlighted the launching of the “2016 Consolidated and Revised Rules of Procedure before the Local Boards of Assessment Appeals (LBAAs) and the Central Board of Assessment Appeals (CBAA)” in Mindanao particularly Region X and XI.

The said event was graced by the presence of the members of LBAAs namely the register of deeds, provincial/city prosecutors and engineers and also legal officers, treasurers and assessors from the provinces of Bukidnon, Caminguin, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and cities of Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Gingoog, Iligan, and Oroquieta. REGATA Region X officers were also present during the event.

The event started with a prayer by Commissioner Ramon Banta and followed by the presentation of the 2016 Consolidated and Revised Rules of Procedure. Salient points of the revised Rules of Procedure were presented and explained by CBAA Chairperson Manuel D.J. Siayngco.

The commissioners were assisted by Atty. Rita Marie B. Cubangbang, Atty. Piedad Y. Gonzalez and Atty. Khristine Kay M. Lazarito-Calingin, (Hearing Officers for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao respectively) as moderators in the open forum. Commissioner Silverio Castillo closed the launching event by thanking all the participants who came from different provinces and cities and also guests from media.

The launching of the 2016 Revised Rules of Procedure was first conducted in Luzon during the CBAA 43rd anniversary celebration on June 7, 2017 which was attended by members of the LBAA in Metro Manila. While the launching in Visayas region happened last 2018 as one of the featured activities during the 44th anniversary celebration.

Another important event for this year’s anniversary celebration is the TV live interview of Chairperson Manuel DJ Siayngco with “PAMAHAW ESPESYAL” of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao Regional Network. He was also interviewed by some media partners from print and radio outlets after the event last June 7, 2019.

Through the interviews, CBAA would like to inform the public of its existence as a resort for taxpayers who appeal/question real property tax assessment and collection. It is also an opportunity for CBAA to make the local chief executives aware of their role in the functionality of Local Board of Assessment Appeals (LBAA) pursuant to the local government code.