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The Central Board of Assessment Appeals (CBAA) commemorated its 44th Anniversary with the theme “CBAA: Breaking Out from 44th and Pushing Forward to 45th” on June 28, 2018 at Cebu Parklane International Hotel in Cebu City.

Hosted by the CBAA Visayas Field Office, highlight of the celebration was 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 Central Visayas. Attendees were members of the LBAAs, Assessors, Treasurers and Legal Officers from the provinces and cities of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

The main speaker was CBAA Chairperson Manuel D.J. Siayngco who presented the salient points of the revised Rules of Procedure. The three hearing officers namely Atty. Rita Marie B. Cubangbang (Hearing Officer for Luzon), Atty. Piedad Y. Gonzalez (Hearing Officer for Visayas) and Atty. Khristine Kay M. Lazarito-Calingin (Hearing Officer for Mindanao) assisted the Chairperson as moderators in the open forum.

The 2016 Revised Rules of Procedure was first launched in Luzon as highlight of the CBAA 43rd anniversary celebration on June 7, 2017 which was attended by members of the LBAA in Metro Manila. The effectivity of the 2016 Rules commenced after publication in the Official Gazette on June 12, 2017.

Aside from the launching, other activities featured in the 44th Anniversary included a live radio interview with GMA Super Radyo DYSS Cebu (RGMA) anchor Llyod Suarez and a taped interview on the program MyLaw 101 at the MYtv Cebu, a local cable channel aired via Sky Cable channel 30.

Said interviews were part of the information campaign of the CBAA to make the public aware of its existence and role as avenue for real property tax payers’ appeals/ protests regarding real property assessment and collection. It is likewise aimed to encourage local executives to be more active in pursuing and providing the necessary budget allocation for the activation of their respective LBAAs which have been created by operation of law (Sec. 227, RA 7160), but which have not been operationalized in many provinces and cities nationwide.