QUEZON CITY has extended the deadline for the payment of annual and first quarter real property taxes to April 30 from March 31 after an enhanced community quarantine was imposed on Luzon.

“All annual and/or first quarterly Real Property Tax due payable to Quezon City Government for 2020 which is due to be paid on or before March 31, 2020, can be paid not later than April 30, 2020, without penalty, surcharges and interest,” according to the city ordinance granting the extension, which was passed on March 16.

In a statement on the city’s Facebook page, Quezon City Mayor Maria Josefina G. Belmonte said the city decided to give residents more time to settle their tax bills.

“We have requested the City Council to enact a resolution or ordinance extending the payment of taxes. This way, local residents have more time to settle their dues amid the declaration of community quarantine in Metro Manila,” Ms. Belmonte said.

Even with the extension, Quezon City treasurer Edgar T. Villanueva said the discount provided by the city government to early taxpayers remains in effect, adding that the City Treasurer’s Office is staffed at minimal levels but working five days a week at City Hall.

Gusto rin namin ipaalam na sarado ang aming tanggapan sa City Hall at satellite offices tuwing weekend habang may community quarantine. Babalik ang normal operations kapag tapos na ang quarantine period (We would like to announce that the City Hall and satellite offices are closed on the weekends for the duration of the community quarantine, Normal operations will resume at the end of the quarantine),” Mr. Villanueva said. — Genshen L. Espedido