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Agri Services Offices ushers “insects vs insect” approach to Hybrid Rice Farming in Brgy. New Passi

To incrementally ebb away from the presence of harmful chemical insecticides in Hybrid Rice Farming, the Office for the Agricultural Services of Tacurong has introduced to farmers in Brgy. New Passi the use of Biological Control Agents (Bio-con Agents) – an organic means of pest control with the aid of living organisms such as insects.
On a Field Day in the said site, Thursday, January 27, 2022, Rice Coordinator Amie D. Tomala elucidated this newly presented method of farming, citing that other than the use of chemical insecticides, there is a safe yet effective way of reducing the existence of pests by freeing their natural bug-eating enemy insects in the rice field.
One prime example of the Bio-con Agents is the Trichogramma japonicum, a tiny wasp best for targeting the eggs and larvae of rice stem borer.
Moreover, utilizing Biological Controls Agents does not only limit to releasing insects but also to cultivating pathogens such as fungi – e.g. Metarhizium – that directly cause diseases, not to the rice plant, but to the detrimental insect population.
Arnel A. Janoto, Farmer Cooperator in New Passi, is one of the pioneering farmers who have already tested the efficacy of the Bio-con Agents. According to him, it is not only safe for humans and plants but also for the “kaibigang kulisap” or beneficial insects in agriculture.
Arnel is on track to harvesting his rice plants with anticipation of a quality yield.
In support of the undertaking, City Councilor Lina O. Montilla graced the event in lieu of City Mayor Lino O. Montilla.
Councilor Lina conveyed that to further bolster the usage of Bio-con Agents in the city, the local government, through the Agri Services Office, is already on its way to opening its own building and laboratory for the cultivation and reproduction of the Bio-con Agent Trichogramma japonicum that will be widely distributed to the farmers in Tacurong for free.
Spearheading the activity, Agriculturist II Juliet S. Daut also stressed that this is just one move of their office to alleviate incurring additional expenses to the farmers from buying chemical insecticides by providing them with alternative farming techniques. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)
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Mga bahaing lugar sa Tacurong, nilibot ng MGB 12, LGU

Bilang hakbang sa pagpapataas ng kahandaan laban sa mga kalamidad katulad ng baha at pagguho ng lupa (landslide), ang Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Tacurong sa tulong ng City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) at Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XII (MGB 12) ay nagsagawa ng paglilibot at geotagging sa mga bahaing lugar sa Tacurong, Enero 3 hanggang Enero 25, 2022.
Ang geotagging ay isang makabagong paraan ng pagkilala ng katangian at pagbibigay ng datos sa iba’t ibang lugar sa mapa sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng modernong kagamitan katulad ng drone, kamera, at mga instrumentong mayroong Global Positioning System (GPS).
Pangunahing layunin ng aktibidad na ito ay upang madagdagan ng LGU at CDRRMO ang mga impormasyon nito tungkol sa mga lugar sa lungsod na maituturing na bahain at madaling gumuho sa panahon ng pag-ulan.
Pagkatapos ng paglilibot ng grupo sa 20 barangay ng Tacurong, ayon sa inisyal na obserbasyon ng Geologist II ng MGB 12, Tristan E. Dela Cruz, iilan sa mga barangay na napapabilang sa madaling gumuhong lugar sa lungsod ay ang Brgy. New Passi, Brgy. Lancheta, at Brgy. Kalandagan.
Samantala, isa naman sa mga madaling bahaing lugar ay ang Brgy. Rajah Muda.
Ang mga datos at impormasyon na nakalap ng LGU at MGB 12 ay gagawing basehan ng CDRRMO sa pagpapaigting ng kanilang serbisyo sa pagtugon sa mga sakuna at kalamidad.
Ang resulta rin ng gawaing ito ay magbibigay sa ating pamahalaan ng aktwal na sitwasyon ng ating lungsod upang makapaglaan ito ng pondo at mga programa para sa pag-iwas sa mga baha at pagguho ng lupa.
Bago naglibot ang grupo sa lungsod, nagsagawa muna ng isang courtesy visit ang mga kawani ng MGB 12 kay City Mayor Lino O. Montilla na siya namang nagbigay ng go-signal at suporta sa initiatibong ito.
Sa bawat barangay rin, isa-isa munang hiningi ang pahintulot ng bawat Punong Barangay bago naipatupad ang geotagging. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)
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LGU Tacurong recognizes 2nd Centenarian Awardee for 2022

The Local Government Unit awards yet another P100,000 cash incentive to Mr. Bernardo Bating Francisco, a World War II veteran and the 2nd Centenarian Awardee for 2022. 

Born on August 20, 1921, Bernardo lived his early years serving his country; he joined the Philippine Guerilla at the age of twenty (20) against the Japanese Imperial Army when World War II broke out and became a member of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). 

In 1946, he was enlisted in the Philippine Army until 1949 where he was honorably discharged and settled life of a civilian. He was married to Natividad Rael in 1950 and was blessed with five(5) children: Gerardo, Nelly, Melinde, Rozelle, and Ronnie; eight(8) grandchildren and five(5) great-grandchildren. 

Like the reason of many early migrants in Mindanao, Lolo Fransing sought greener pasture in the Land of Promise in 1951 with his wife and friend and settled in Barangay Tacurong, Buluan, South Cotabato. 

Mr. Francisco spent his time in Tacurong as an active member of the community. He was part of Tacurong Police Force under the administration of then-Mayor, Jose Escribano, he was a Barangay Councilor for 2 Terms and a Board of Director of Baras for the Tacurong Communal Irrigation Association (TCIA). 

Mayor Lino Montilla personally gave him the P100,000 cash when he visited his house in Barangay Baras last January 19, 2022, and explains how Lolo Fransing is an inspiration to all, for he has achieved what others can only dream about. Lolo Francing lived his life away from vices and a bad lifestyle which was his secret to achieving his most recent milestone. 

The P100,000 cash is the LGU’s counterpart in addition to the same amount given by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) via the Centenarians Act of 2016. Bernardo is the 12th centenarian recognized by the city since the enactment of RA 10868 in 2016 and the 3rd to receive the LGU’s P100k counterpart since its inception in 2020. Lolo Fransing’s Award was delayed due to gathering restrictions and the height of the pandemic last year. (EDB, LGUTac-Info)



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3 young entreps score business starter kits from LGU-Tacurong

Three young local entrepreneurs forging their way to making a name for their chosen ventures just had more resources at their disposal as the City Government of Tacurong dispersed business starter kits to them Monday, January 24, 2022, at the City Hall Building ground floor.
Each representing a distinct industry from one another, the 3 youth entrepreneurs acquired various sets of kits – Earl S. Bepitel Jr. of Fashion Design and Dressmaking received sewing and edging machines, a mannequin, and other tailoring tools; John Rey B. Sazon of Beauty Salon for Men & Women accepted several make-up and parlor tools; and Niño B. Narciso of Welding, Steel Works & Metal Fabrication obtained several ironwork machines and equipment.
This awarding of starter kits was entailed by the 11th Tacurong Business Week last July 2021. Due to the setbacks brought by the pandemic, the processing and release of the kits were delayed. This is also the first time the LGU has procured these kinds of apparatus for the starter kits.
Further, from the 6 primarily identified beneficiaries, only 3 have passed the final evaluation.
This undertaking of LGU-Tacurong – under its “Sustaining Unlimited Livelihood Opportunities by Nurturing the Growth of the MSMEs of Tacurong” or SULONG initiative – is in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry -Sultan Kudarat Field Office, Sultan Kudarat SMED Council, and Small Business Corporation.
Via Zoom, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla congratulated and conveyed his anticipation of the recipients’ success as they continue their endeavors with these provisions from the city government. Meanwhile, Tourism Officer I Emmanuel K. Nicolo facilitated the in-person distribution of the starker kits. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)
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Organic Rice Agriculture Technology, tinalakay sa Brgy. Lancheta

Sa patuloy na pagsisikap ng Office for the Agricultural Services ng Lungsod ng Tacurong na hikayatin ang mga lokal na magsasaka na tangkilikin ang organikong pagtatanim ng palay, isang Field Day ang isinagawa sa Kalingaw Farm, Brgy. Lancheta, para talakayin ang Organic Rice Agriculture Technology, Enero 21, 2022.

Isa sa mga ipinakitang pamamaraan ng organikong pag-aalaga ng palay ay ang paggamit ng Black Liquid Smoke bilang natural na pesticide. Ito ay isang organikong likido mula sa katas ng damo at iba-ibang pananim na pinausukan para maglabas ng itim na dagta na siya namang gagamitin para ibinyag sa mga pananim.

Ayon kay Estaniel Segocio, may-ari ng Kalingaw Farm at isang Organic Farm Practitioner, ang pamamaraang ito ay natutunan niya mula sa Don Bosco Cooperative – isang kompanya na tumutulong sa kanila na palaguin ang organic farming.

Natalakay rin ang Vermicomposting Technology na isa ring organikong pamamaraan ng pagtatanim gamit ang dumi ng mga uod bilang pataba.

Pinangunahan ni Acting City Agriculturist Ivan Gerry G. Arazagon ang nasabing Field Day at pinangasiwaan din nito ang isang open forum para malayang makapagtanong o makapagpahayag ng saloobin at mungkahi ang mga magsasaka.

Bilang kahalili ni City Mayor Lino O. Montilla, dumalo rin sa pagtitipon sina City Councilors Carlos Borromeo P. Segura Jr. at Geronimo Arzagon para magbigay ng suporta.

Kasama rin bilang panauhin ang iilan sa mga Agricultural Technologist ng iba’t ibang barangay ng lungsod. ((DEC, Tac-Info)

Organic Black Rice ang pangunahing produkto ni Ginoong Segocio sa 1.6 ektaryang taniman nito sa Brgy. Lancheta.

Mayroon na ring Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) Certification ang Kalingaw Farm, patunay na sa organikong pagtatanim, dekalikad at ligtas sa kalusugan ang mga produkto ng nasabing taniman. (DEC, Info-LGU)

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