After Dancing FAs, dancing tax collectors in Cebu City reap an increase in collections


24 Oras video: Dancing tax collectors entertain Cebu’s taxpayers

A few days after the Cebu City Treasurer’s Office launched their Dancing Tax Collector’s program, there was a "big increase in their collections and more inquiries from taxpayers about their show schedules," GMANews.tv reported, citing a radio dzBB interview with City Treasurer Ofelia Oliva. However, the officer did not reveal exact figures.

On October 11, about 320 employees of the Treasurer’s Office surprised taxpayers by dancing to the tune of Shakira’s "Waka Waka," according to Inquirer.net. Later that day, they danced to a remix of Lady Gaga’s "Bad Romance." Oliva said it is their way of thanking residents for paying their taxes and encouraging them to continue doing so. She added that the employees of the Treasurer’s Office will perform a dance number in the morning and another in the afternoon every day. According to GMANews.tv, Oliva said they were inspired by the Cebu dancing inmates.

"We believe that all work and no play makes the job dull, so from time to time we will do this. This will also serve as our morning exercise," Oliva said in a PhilStar.com report. "Every time the music plays, everyone must stand up. If they don’t, they have to submit a five-page explanation in English."

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said in an Inquirer.net report, "(The dance) is something new. If there are dancing flight attendants, why can’t there be dancing tax collectors?" He said he will study whether or not to recommend the similar routine to other departments. "We might end up being a dancing City Hall."

For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv, Inquirer.net and PhilStar.com.

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