Representatives of 40 family-beneficiaries attended the orientation-familiarization of Project PAGLAUM – Panata at Adhikain Gutom ay wakasan Lingap, edukasyon, kalusugan, Asal na mabuti ay isulong at Ugaling makamtan ay Malinis, matiwasay at maunlad na pamayanan — on 23 November, GSP Training Hall, Tacurong City.

Project PAGLAUM is Tacurong City’s program for the Millennium Development Goals Family-based Actions for Children and their Environs in the Slums (MDG-FACES) of the United Nations. Tacurong City, as a dynamic partner of the National Government through Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) selected 40 families from the slums – identified in Purok 11 of Barangay Poblacion – to improve their quality of life specially the children.

The objective of this project is to achieve all eight MDG goals and better the lives of the beneficiaries. During the program, Mr. Alberto Sero, City Local Government Operations Officer, said that the only requirement of the program for its beneficiaries is their commitment and their trust. He also mentioned that the program is somehow alike to City Hall sa Barangay, but more focused on a smaller community, the purok.

The whole-day event included several team building activities that allowed interaction among the members of the project, full-length information of the MDG FACES, the election of officers, and enrolment of children beneficiaries. In the concluding portions of the orientation-familiarization, beneficiaries, project heads and members, partners, together with the Miss Nancy Bawe (CSWD representative), Mr. Jaime Cedullo (City Planning and Dev’t Coordinator), Mr. Albert Sero (CLGOO), Hon. Psyche M. Sucaldito (SP Member and MDG FACES-PMT Leader), and City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, signed the Pledge of Commitment Wall as portrayal to their dedication on the project.

Mayor Montilla, in her message, said that the LGU will help in acquiring all the goals of MDG FACES. She further said that the cooperation and support of everyone involved will be important to accomplish this program of DILG. She hopes for the success of the program and serve as an inspiration to other places in terms of implementation of this UN project.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed last September 12, 2013 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. Present at the MOA signing were Hon. Lina O. Montilla, Local Government Government Academy (LGA) of the DILG, represented by LGA Exec. Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo and DILG XII, represented by OIC Regional Director Reynaldo M. Bungubung. (Ariesha Faith M. Dimaano)