THE PROVINCIAL government of Davao Oriental has partnered with CIS Bayad Center Inc. for its tax collection, starting with real estate tax payments. In a press statement, the provincial government said the deal, signed March 29, will enhance collection efficiency and boost local revenue generation while providing convenience to taxpayers. Payment for business taxes, fees and charges, and other local fees will soon be included in the payment system. Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang said the local government “is constantly striving to increase our revenues through efficient tax monitoring, collection, and enforcement” while working “to generate more resources to finance our development efforts.” Manuel Lorenzo L. Tuason, Bayad Center president and chief executive officer, said the partnership allows both parties to promote innovations. “I am very much impressed by your progressive way of thinking. You are the premier and pioneer province to deliver core treasury services to your constituents,” Mr. Tuason said. Pascualito V. Lapiña, regional director of the Department of Finance, said the partnership should inspire other local government units to adopt the same or similar mechanisms. — Carmelito Q. Francisco