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LGU Tacurong adds 2 more awards from DHSUD 12


acurong seems to keep the award streak going as the City Government of Tacurong received two more for the city's awards shelf.
The City Planning and Development Office was conferred the 2022 Most Outstanding Local Government Unit in land use planning and implementation out of 49 LGUs in Region 12 and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
This award is given to LGUs by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Region 12 (DHSUD 12) for having exemplary performance in Land Use Planning that contributed to the realization of a Green, Inclusive, Resilient and Livable (GIRL) SOCCSKARGEN Region.
LGU-Tacurong also received this award last year which makes it twice in a row.
Additionally, Tacurong City's Eco-Park Plan in Barangay Calean was recognized as 2nd most compliant and well-designed urban space.
The Tacurong City Eco-Park plan resulted from a 3-day Capacity Building Program for LGUS on Urban Planning, Design, and Development workshop participated by the Zoning, Housing and Subdivision Regulation Section of the City Planning and Development Office held last October 17-24, 2022.
The City Eco-Park plan, being one of the top plans on well-designed public spaces was asked for an in-depth presentation during the culmination activity.
The awarding ceremony was during the 2022 Urban Design and Development Expo 2022 culmination activity and the 2nd Region 12 Housing and Human Settlement Summit.
Representing the city, Vice-Mayor Lina O. Montilla received the award together with the Executive Assistant for Barangay Affairs, Mr. Hernane S. Fermo at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato last October 28, 2022.
DHSUD Assistant Secretary, Melissa A. Aradanas DMD, ENP, CESO II, and a Tacurongnon took time from her busy schedule to personally hand the awards.
The activity ended with the ceremonial pledge of support for the launching of Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino Program of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr.
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LGU Tacurong indemnifies uninsured ASF-affected farmers


The unfortunate entry of the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) last September 2022 in Tacurong has significantly affected the city's pig farming and swine industry just like the rest of the country.
Immediately after its first detection, the City Government of Tacurong activated the City African Swine Fever Task Force (CATF) led by City Mayor Joseph George L. Lechonsito and the City Veterinary Services Office.
Along with this formation is the formulation of the 'Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of African Swine Fever in the City of Tacurong'. Both executive and legislative departments worked hand-in-hand to adopt and execute the action plan in the shortest time possible.
Since then, CATF has been hard at work in the prevention, detection, surveillance, and depopulation of ASF-positive pig farms in the city— strategies stipulated in the CATF action plan and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) guidelines.
To date, there had been 950 blood samples submitted to BAI for laboratory testing and 50 came back positive for ASF. These cases were identified to come from 15 barangays in the city, comprising 75% of the 20 total barangays. This necessitated the declaration of Tacurong City under a State of Calamity on October 10, 2022.
As for the ASF-identified pig farms, the City Veterinary Services Office strictly implemented the BAI-issued protocols: restricted movement and depopulation within the 500m radius of the infected site; restricted movement, surveillance, and blood testing within the 1-km radius; and mandatory monitoring and reporting of swine disease within the 7-km radius from ground zero.
A total of 1,332 swine have been culled by the city government and Department of Agriculture (DA) from 144 affected households and farms.
However, included in the CATF action plan is compensation, specifically to non-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) insured ASF- affected farmers. Through the city's calamity fund and Ordinance No. 004 series of 2022, the city was able to pay out a total of P3 Million out of the P4 Million allotted indemnity fund.
To date, there are three new active cases of ASF in Barangay Upper Katungal, New Lagao, and San Pablo. The City Veterinary Services Office is currently implementing the depopulation and surveillance protocol. Indemnity of the non-PCIC insured farmers from these affected barangays will be processed as soon as the DA approves of the number of culled swine.
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TCYDC members attend Leadership for Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Cities (LAYFC) Program for Youth Leaders


To strengthen the idea of the young leaders of the city about Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH), the Zuellig Family Foundation together with The Challenge Initiative (TCI), and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) conducted a four-day LAYFC for YL in Davao City on October 19-22, 2022.
Tacurong City Local Youth Development Council (TCYDC), composed of the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairpersons and other youth-serving organizations actively participated in one of the advocacies of the Leadership for Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Cities (LAYFC) Program which is to address the prevalent case of teenage pregnancy in the city.
As one of the main allies of the advocacy, Regional Director of POPCOM RO XI, Ms. Ma. Linadores Delicana personally welcomed the participants.
Also present in the LAYFC Program were youth leaders from LGU partners of ZFF-TCI from Tagum, and General Santos City.
Ms. Julie Anne A. Llavore, RN, MPH, Regional Account Officer of the ZFF-TCI introduced the speakers and gave an orientation about the program.
The 1st Module of the LAYFC Program is composed of 8-sessions that consist of strategies and methods designed for young leaders for them to achieve fair and just public health service delivery.
Dr. Anjelica Nacnac and Ms. Donna Medina were the speakers of the four-day deep-dive activity.
Meanwhile, to inspire the participants, Bridging Leadership Champion Hon. Carmela Constantino, the SK Federation President of the Municipality of Malungon shared her experience and expertise on how she handled the issues of public health care in her community.
“May we build a better and more progressive municipality or city, and not merely for the sake of leaving a legacy. But I do hope that we would work harder to improve our community for both the present and upcoming generation”, she said.
Inspired and fully equipped, the TCYDC group, headed by SK Federation President Hon. Cristina F. Duadua, promised their full commitment to the program. (FAR-LGUInfo)
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Tacurong continues care for persons who used drugs


With the government's massive crack down on illegal drugs in the previous years, Tacurong City was able to care for hundreds of drug surrenderers through its TaTaPPP Program (Tabang Tatap para sa Pagbag-o, Paglaum kag Pagtuon), a holistic approach to rehabiliation and reintegration.
However, the goverment ensures that assistance to these Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) does not stop with just a rehabilitation and recovery, but continues with an aftercare.
On October 22, the City Government of Tacurong held a kick-off ceremony for the program dubbed simply as After Care Program for Persons Who Used Drugs at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.
Present at the opening program were Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) members Hon. Ralen Tabusares, Hon. Harvey Legas, Hon. Carlos Segura, Hon. Geraldine Collado, and Hon. Bernardino Umadhay, who is also the Chairperson of the SP Committee on Anti-Drug Abuse.
City Mayor Joseph George L. Lechonsito committed his full support by sending City Administrator Ramon Lozañes as representative.
The community-based after care program is designed for a period of 6 months, which includes 12 sessions of family counselling and other topical sessions; religious and sports activities; livelihood and skills trainings; and a series of home visitations and conferences.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) will lead the program with assistance from the City Health Office (CHO), the DILG, and other partner agencies. A total of 359 PWUDs from the different barangays of Tacurong were identified to undergo after care.
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The long-standing commitment and partnership among the City Government of Tacurong, Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), and The Challenge Initiative (TCI) to advocate adolescent and youth reproductive health (AYSRH) in Tacurong continues to be forged stronger through the Leadership for Adolescence and Youth Friendly Cities (LAYFC) program.
City Mayor Joseph George L. Lechonsito, Marlow Buenacosa, Nurse III of the City Health Office; Gary Bañas, City Population Officer; and other partner cities received coaching and mentoring on LAYFC last October 12, 2022 in Makati City.
Together with the newly -elected mayors of Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and General Santos City, Mayor Lechonsito underwent sessions anchored on ZFF’s Bridging Leadership Framework that helps put emphasis on the leadership roles of chief executives as the visionary, caller and integrator of issues concerning adolescent and youth reproductive health in their respective territories.
It was the program's aim that by the end, LAYFC leaders would have developed an “adolescent and youth-friendly city'' through strengthened inter-sectoral collaboration and involvement of the community and youth leaders towards achievement of better health outcomes for women and young people.
Kate Graham, Senior Program Officer of TCI, Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, welcomed the delegates to the program through a virtual message. She reported the accomplishments of the partnership in 2021 and emphasized the critical role of data for better decision-making.
Dr. Dorielyn Balanoba, Chief of Party of TCI Philippine Hub, gave a program overview of the TCI project.
Dr. Juan Antonio Perez, III, Health, Population and Development Expert, presented the Philippine Development Plan: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend by Reducing Teenage Pregnancies. He echoed the core message of the TCI project that a strong leadership and governance is needed to intensify efforts in curbing teen pregnancies in the country in order for the young people to get their share in the demographic dividend.
Dr. Anthony Faraon, ZFF Deputy Executive Director, gave a brief presentation on Championing Local Leadership and Governance for AYSRH. He emphasized on the complex challenges of AYSRH program implementation and explained the Bridging Leadership process as a leadership approach in addressing such complex challenges.
For their part, Mayor Lechonsito and CDO Mayor Rolando Uy each gave presentations on the current realities of their respective cities on AYSRH.
After the presentations, a focused, sit-down mentoring session was provided to Mayor Lechonsito, the Tacurong delegates, and Desiree Concepcion U. Garganian, Regional Director of Commission on Population and Development Region XII.
With the introduction of Mayor Lechonsito to the LAYFC program, the city government becomes better equipped in formulating and implementing policies that will promote and protect the adolescent and youth in Tacurong against teenage pregnancy. (POPCOM12/YMR-LGUTac-Info)

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