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Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commaxerce donates classroom building to tacurong


The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), through the Tacurong City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (TC-FCCCII), donated a one-story, two-unit classroom building to Rajah Muda Elementary School (RMES) on 8 August 2022.
In a short turnover program, the donation was welcomed by City Mayor Joseph George L. Lechonsito, City Schools Division of Tacurong City (CSDT) Superintendent Miguel P. Fillalan, Jr., CESO VI; Rajah Muda Punong Barangay Ma. Rhodora P. Pauya, and RMES Head Teacher Mr. Rodolfo M. Agon.
The donation is part of the FFCCCII's 'Operation Barrio Schools' project, an initiative of the Filipino-Chinese families to help address classroom buildings shortage in the country. The turnover also came in time for the 2022 Brigada Eskwela. Classes are to begin on August 22 in a blended capacity and will operate full force in November.
Mr. Reynaldo Lee, President of TC-FCCCII, spoke on behalf of the organization. Their only wish is for the school administration to care for the classroom building properly so it could last as long as it can. He shared that their local group is also planning to initiate their own local school project, separate from the usual national-funded classrooms.
In his message, Mayor Lechonsito responded that Mr. Lee's statement is a welcome news to the local government as he had just allocated a counterpart budget to projects such as this classroom donation.
The mayor also assured the CSDT that an LGU budget has been allocated for 2022 Brigada Eskwela. An office of the LGU will also be deployed to each school to help with their preparation for the school opening. On top of that, Mayor Lechonsito also assured to deploy equipment and personnel from the City Engineering Office to help fix the RMES's grounds that has been damaged due to the incessant rains.
The turnover ceremony was followed by a Blessing by Rev. Fr. Diosdado Esguerra, DCC.
This classroom donation is the second installation of FFCCCII in Barangay Rajah Muda, the first one being at the RMES-BEAM Life.
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Full Transcript of Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito’s anniversary message delivered during tacurong day celebration

π—™π—¨π—Ÿπ—Ÿ 𝗧π—₯𝗔𝗑𝗦𝗖π—₯π—œπ—£π—§ 𝗒𝗙 𝗠𝗔𝗬𝗒π—₯ π—π—’π—¦π—˜π—£π—› π—šπ—˜π—’π—₯π—šπ—˜ π—Ÿπ—˜π—–π—›π—’π—‘π—¦π—œπ—§π—’β€™π—¦ π—”π—‘π—‘π—œπ—©π—˜π—₯𝗦𝗔π—₯𝗬 π— π—˜π—¦π—¦π—”π—šπ—˜ π——π—˜π—Ÿπ—œπ—©π—˜π—₯π—˜π—— 𝗗𝗨π—₯π—œπ—‘π—š 𝗧𝗔𝗖𝗨π—₯π—’π—‘π—š 𝗗𝗔𝗬 π—–π—˜π—Ÿπ—˜π—•π—₯π—”π—§π—œπ—’π—‘ :

Today, we commemorate and celebrate our 71st anniversary since the creation of Tacurong as a municipality. Several changes had happened. We look around and we can barely see the traces of old Tacurong. We have progressed by leaps and bounds. Where we are now is the product of blood, sweat, and tears of our forebears.
Mga pinalangga ko nga Tacurongnon --- on this special day, let us not talk about ourselves. Let us talk about the people who came before us... the people who laid the foundation of this great city. Today, I would like to ask you to look back and remember our past, because remembering our history is a simple act to honor our ancestors and the pioneers who set foot to this place many years ago.
Our place that is currently home to more than 109 thousand people was once a part of Buluan municipality under the former empire province of Cotabato. That’s a fact and I know that you are already aware of that.
This exact place where we are gathering right now was a vast savanna or wide areas of grassland more than 80 years ago. But do you know that in 1938, there were only four houses or huts standing on that vast vacant land? We are grateful for a team of people from the Bureau of Public Lands, known to be the Survey Team 19-C, who set up a camp in this area and planned the present layout of Barangay Poblacion. It was them who designed where to put the residential area, the plaza, the hospital, the market, and the school sites. The team was part of the Reconnaissance Survey prior to the enactment of the National Land Settlement Act in 1939. We are grateful to the team led by Luis del Corro together with Rodolfo Eliescas, Platon Balagtas, Bernabe Recinto, Andres Aviles, Teofilo Apilado, Manuel Somcio, Josue Alcasid, and Dalmacio Cruz.
The enactment of the National Land Settlement Act in 1939 paved way for the migration to Mindanao of people from Luzon and Visayas. Even before World War 2 broke out, Ilocanos and Tagalogs from Luzon and Ilonggos from Visayas were coming to Tacurong. In Iloilo, more than 40 percent of the land was being farmed by tenants and having heard of β€œThe Land of Promise” where thay can own land, they came here. The same was the case of the Ilonggos in Negros Occidental. This is the reason why more than 75 percent of Tacurongnon are of Ilonggo descent.
In 1950, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate established the Notre Dame of Tacurong College, the first private school in Tacurong. Meanwhile, the first public school, the Tacurong Central Elementary School, presently the Tacurong Pilot Elementary School, was also established in 1950. That was also the reason why many of the pioneering migrants who arrived in Tacurong were teachers.
It was on August 3, 1951 when Tacurong left its barangay status behind and became a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 462 signed by President Elpidio Quirino. Our history tells that three persons were instrumental in lobbying for the creation of Tacurong as municipality. They were Ricardo Soriano, Serafin Bernardo, and Ildefonso Melecio. Their efforts surely helped them politically as Ricardo Soriano became the first mayor of Tacurong by virtue of appointment.
When Tacurong was created into a municipality, it was composed of fourteen political subdivisions or barangays. Tacurong underwent a few recomposition and eventually, the present twenty barangays were created. I hope all of you already know that originally, Tantangan and President Quirino were both part of Tacurong.
Tacurong’s conversion into a municipality in 1951 also paved for faster development. More people were coming to Tacurong. While agriculture was the primary source of livelihood during the time, a portion of the town’s income also came from business establishments, many of which were Chinese-owned or Chinese-operated. Of course, it is worth noting that the first Chinese to arrive in Tacurong even before 1951 was Swana. He came to Cotabato in 1941 and made his way to Tacurong via Rio Grande, Liguasan Marsh, and Buluan. It was quite a travel. When he arrived in Tacurong, he started a sari-sari store. And the rest is history.
Meanwhile, ladies and gentlemen, the presence of majority of Ilonggo people in Tacurong had been a factor in shaping the political landscape of Tacurong. Of the twelve mayors who assumed the position before me, ten of them were of Ilonggo descent and two were Ilocano.
Today, let us honor our previous mayors: Ricardo Soriano, Serafin Limbungan, Quirino Mercado, Jose Escribano, Jose Barroquillo, Fernando Bayquin, Benjamin Eliseo, Teodoro Subido, Angelo Montilla, our first City Mayor Geronimo Arzagon, Lino Montilla, and Lina Montilla. We are grateful because of their immense contributions in propelling our place to progress. We are also grateful to the other leaders who came before us --- the vice mayors, the councilors, and the barangay officials who served before us.
We are equally grateful to the ordinary people of Tacurong, the ones who risked their lives to come here, lived here, started a family here, and stayed here. I know that several members of our respective families opted to work in other places, many are in fact worked overseas; but the good thing about being a Tacurongnon is we always find a way to go back to our roots. We always find ways to go back to Tacurong. For I know, that no matter where fate and destiny bring us, Tacurong will always be our home. This is the place where our childhood was nurtured. This is the place where our hearts belong.
Sa mga pinalangga ko nga Tacurongnon, sa pagselebrar naton sang aton ika-71 nga anibersaryo sa pagkabun-ag sang Munsipyo sang Tacurong, dumdumon naton ang aton kahapon. Balikdon naton ang mga kasimanwa naton nga nagpatulo sang ila balhas, dugo kag luha para mahatag sa aton ang katawhayan kag progreso.
And as we all move forward as leaders and citizens of this great city, let us renew our commitment to be responsible and accountable leaders and citizens. As your new leader of our beloved city, I pledge to be of service to our kasimanwas. I took an oath to serve the people of Tacurong, and I will always remember that oath. I will not fail you. But I will be needing your support and cooperation. We can attain our vision if you are with me. We will continue to move forward. Aabante tayo! By moving forward, we will make sure that more developments will come our way. Aasenso ang Tacurong. That is a promise and commitment that I will keep.
Madamo nga salamat sa inyo tanan. Malipayon nga selebrasyon sang ika-71 nga anibersaryo sang aton dutang natawhan! Abante Tayo! Asenso Tacurong!
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Tacurong City Security Force, pormal na nabuo matapos ang maigting na training


Makaraan ang mahigpit na pagsasanay, nagtapos na sa kanilang refresher course ang 150 mga bagong kasapi ng Tacurong City Security Force.
Idinaos ang kanilang graduation exercises nitong ikalawa ng Agosto sa Regional Evacuation Center sa Barangay Calean, Lungsod ng Tacurong.
Naging panauhing-pandangal sa pagtitipon si City Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito kasama ang mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Panlungsod na kinabibilangan nina Konsehal Ralen Tabusares-Bernardo, Konsehal Harvey Legas, Konsehal Geronimo Arzagon, Konsehal Carlos Borromeo Segura, Konsehal Bernardino Umadhay, Jr., Konsehal Geraldine Collado.
Dumalo din sina City Administrator Ramon LosaΓ±es, Executive Assistant lV Hernani Fermo, at Lt. Col. Joan Maganto ng Tacurong City PNP.
Ang pagsasanay ay isinagawa sa layong mas mapaigting pa ang pagbabantay sa mga lugar at gusaling-pampubliko sa lungsod ng Tacurong.
Nagsimula ang training noong Hulyo 28 kung saan unang sumalang sa dalawang araw na training ang 75 na trainees na sinundan naman ng second batch.
Karamihan sa mga trainees ay mga dating kasapi ng Explosive Ordnance Reconnaisance Agents o EORA ng lungsod.
Nanguna sa pagbuo mg training na ito si Pordencio Fermo na siyang nakatalagang pinuno ng Civil Security Unit ng lungsod.
Ang training na ito ay nabuo sa kagustuhan ni Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito na mas mapatatag pa ang seguridad sa lungsod.
Maliban sa mga local resource persons, may inimbita ding batikang tagapagsanay mula Metro Manila.(ASF, LGU Info)
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12th Tacurong Business Week nagbukas na


Pormal nang binuksan ngayong araw, August 1, ang 12th Tacurong Business Week na inorganisa ng Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Tacurong at Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Sultan Kudarat.
Sa isang pambungad na palatuntunan, ibinahagi ni Felisa A. Sinobago, Provincial Director ng DTI Sultan Kudarat, na ang Tacurong Business Week ay may layong linangin at suportahan ang mga MSME sa lungsod.
Ang MSME o Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises ay siyang may pinakamalaking ambag sa pagsulong ng ekonomiya ng Tacurong at ng buong bansa. Sa pamamagitan ng selebrasyon na ito, sila ay bibigyan ng mga pagsasanay at workshop upang mas lalo pa nilang mapabuti at mapalago ang kanilang mga negosyo.
Kabilang sa mga nakatakdang pagsasanay at seminar ay ang Business Legitimacy Forum kung saan ang iba't -ibang kawani ng pamahalaan ay makikilahok upang bigyang kaalaman ang mga MSME kung paano maging legal ang kanilang mga negosyo at kung anu-ano ang mga benepisyo o tulong ang kanilang maaaring makuha kung sila ay isang ganap at lehitimong negosyo.
Sa tatlong araw na selebrasyon, simula August 1 hanggang August 3, mayroong seminar at training sa branding and logo design, food processing na ibibigay ng TESDA, packaging & label development, at bag making.
Bibigyan din ng training ang mga kababaihang nakabilanggo sa lungsod ng candle making at woven rag & pot holder making.
Magtatayo rin ng mga booth ang mga maliliit na producers sa lungsod upang maipakita ang kanilang mga produkto sa pamamagitan ng Producers' Fair at Youth Entrepreneurs' Fair.
Dumalo sa palatuntunan si City Mayor Joseph George L. Lechonsito, mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Panlungsod, mga kasamahan sa DTI ni Provincial Director Sinobago, men and women in uniform, mga kinatawan ng mga MSME at agricultural organization sa lungsod, at mga empleyado ng lokal na pamahalaan.
Ang 12th Tacurong Business Week ay may tagline na SULONG Tacurong o Sustaining Unlimited Livelihood Opportunities by Nurturing Growth of MSMEs.
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National Climate Change Commission lauds Mayor Lechonsito during forum


DAVAO CITY - The National Climate Change Commission was impressed by Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito’s active participation during the conduct of Local Climate Change Mainstreaming Forum for LGUs on July 29 in Davao City.
Commissioner Albert dela Cruz, Sr. lauded the mayor saying that the latter’s presence for the whole duration of the forum is a testament of his commitment to mainstream and localize climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in his city.
Mayor Lechonsito was among the very few mayors who joined the forum that was also attended by other government agencies and private institutions.
β€œMayor Lechonsito’s presence for the whole duration of the forum and him being the last mayor to leave the venue is a concrete example of his passion to embrace the challenge of climate change”, dela Cruz said.
In his message during the forum, Mayor Lechonsito said that there are many opportunities to explore in addressing the challenges of climate change and he is grateful that the forum gave the local governments wide array of options and choices.
β€œThe template on the enhanced local climate change action plan LGUs need to adopt will be a huge help for us in scaling up our efforts”, he said.
Mayor Lechonsito added that the LGU is already exploring ways of utilizing renewable energy more, including the installation of rooftop solar panels in government buildings.
In his attendance at the forum, the mayor was joined by Acting Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Hilda Mercado and Executive Assistant lV Ana Marie Cajandig. (ASF, LGU Information)

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