Hovering through the setbacks of the COVID-19 dilemma for 2 years, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla punctuated an economic outlook for Tacurong – by sustaining the city’s local economy through infrastructures and investors – in his 1st State of the City Address (SOCA) during the Formal Opening of the Regular Session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong, January 19, 2022.
Bent on optimizing the city’s economic growth, Mayor Lino believes that infrastructure buildup will boost job creations, employment, and constituents’ reception of services which will all later on fuel the economy of Tacurong to thrive amid the crisis.
After recounting the fluctuating COVID-19 crisis in the city and his avid call for vaccination and boosters, Mayor Lino then highlighted some of the ongoing constructions and developments he assumed and continued from the previous administration of the late City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla.
One of which is the People’s Dialysis & Diagnostic Center which is currently in its Phase 3 of completion.
Another is the Development of Pioneer or Veterans Avenue in Brgy. Poblacion for the benefit of all the TODAs in the city. It will also serve as one of the food stations in the city to help and encourage local vendors.
Underway also in the city is the Redevelopment of Magsaysay Park Project under the Green, Green, Green Program of the Department of Budget and Management that is already at 67 percent.
On the other hand, the thoroughfares of Tacurong are already well-lit with the near completion of the P50-million solar streetlight Mayor Angelo has started. This is accompanied by the center island project of the Department of Public Works and Highways that also provides brighter illumination to the national highways of the city.
Mayor Lino also stressed that to ramp up a better road experience for the motorists by alleviating traffic in the main district highways, the 13-kilometer East Bypass Road under the ROLL IT program of the Department of Trade and Industry is already at 52 percent.
This is coupled with the ongoing West Bypass Road Project concretion. Soon, there will be a circumferential road connecting the west and east bypass roads that will function as diversion roads for trucks and other heavy vehicles in the city.
Farm-to-market roads are also included in Mayor Lino’s checklist for development as the LGU continues to dispense annual city aid to our barangays for their road repair and concreting projects.
As for the LGU’s infrastructures in its vicinity, Mayor Lino has greenlighted additional funding for the remaining furnishes of the new Executive and Legislative Buildings.
Further, Mayor Lino stressed that one marker of the revival of the local economy is the booming business sector. In 2021, 2,504 business registrants were logged with 426 of these belonging to new registrations.
Mayor Lino also elatedly conveyed that Tacurong has taken in its arms bigger business entities such as the NCCC Davao which has begun setting up its Hypermarket behind Dragon Gasoline Complex in Brgy. New Isabela.
This is just in addition to the presence of Robinsons and Gaisano malls which have already acquired properties for their structures in the city as well as the looming possibility of SM Malls also entering Tacurong.
As for Mayor Lino’s self-initiative, on the progressive lookout are the installation of a Digital Traffic System; the formation of a Super Health Center to bolster the existing City Health Office; the creation in Brgy. Calean of an Eco-Tourism Park, as well as a 20-bed Balay Silangan as a temporary rehabilitation shelter for drug offenders; the construction of a 6-court badminton facility inside Tacurong Pilot Elementary School; and the placement of 270 solar panels on the roof of Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center intended for the whole city hall building’s power supply.
In conclusion to his SOCA, Mayor Lino articulated his earnest appreciation to SP Tacurong, his colleagues, the employees of the city government, all stakeholders, and most especially the people of Tacurong for the continued support and unity to the LGU and his leadership.
City Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the 8th SP Lalaine J. Montilla also responded to the Local Chief Executive’s statement by citing the existing Executive-Legislative Agenda or ELA which has assisted both branches to execute unified decisions towards the employment of better services and programs for Tacurongnons.