MARIVELES, Bataan- By instituting reforms aimed at increasing the income of the town’s coffers, Mayor Jocelyn Peliglorio-Castañeda is targetting this town to become the richest municipality, now the Second, in the coming years.

The lawyer-businesswoman turned mayor of this industrial town said that she is reviewing other sources of income, such as coming from Authority of Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), local taxes, among others to generate more income for the town.

Based on Rappler.com report qouting Commission On Audit reports, published last October 16, 2019, it said that the following top 10 municipalities in the Philippines are:
First- Cainta, Rizal – P4.437 billion;
Second-Mariveles, Bataan – P3.016 billion;
Third-Sual, Pangasinan – P2.805 billion;
Fourth-Sto. Tomas, Batangas – P2.566 billion;
Fifth-Binangonan, Rizal – P2.218 billion;
Six-Caluya, Antique – P2.161 billion;
Seventh -Tanay, Rizal – P2.014 billion;
Eight-Carmona, Cavite – P1.969 billion;
Ninth-Silang, Cavite – P1.9 billion and Tenth
-Calaca, Batangas – P1.876 b.

With the help of the town’s administrator Angel “Boboy” Peliglorio, who is expert in local governance being a former mayor for Nine long years in this town, Mayor Castańeda expressed optimism that she can attain the number One target of this town to become the richest with the pouring in of hundreds of billions more investment in AFAB, and the arrival of other traders here where the town gets its lion’s share from income.

A known workaholic, Mayor Castañeda cited the town’s mission: “Towards becoming a premier hub of sustainable entrepreneurship and tourism haven in Central Luzon, the local government of Mariveles shall promote and establish a sustainable between and among the following land use change managemern components…”

By year 2020, Mariveles projected to earn P652 million from various types of revenues alone, with Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA share) amounting to more than P300 million alone.
-Mar T Supnad