“The back-to-back celebration of the opening of Barangay Day 2013 and 4thSULONG Tacurong Business and SME Week is significant as it manifests the united efforts of all sectors towards achieving a stable economy,” said Ms. Nelly Nita N. Dillera, Regional Director (RD) of the Department of Tourism (DOT) XII and former DTI-SK Provincial Director.

RD Dillera graced the opening program of the Barangay Day 2013 and 4th SULONG Tacurong Business and SME Week on July 30, 2013 at the City Hall Grounds, Tacurong City.

RD Dillera pointed out how the barangays are able to complement the efforts of public and private agencies in sustaining the economy. According to her, good governance in the barangay level helps in sustaining the business sector. Also, it is in the barangays that DTI discover entrepreneurs that they could help to sustain the economy of the communities.



Tacurong celebrates Barangay Day annually to recognize the contributions of each of its 20 barangays to the progress of the City. Each barangay is given the chance to showcase their local products, delicacies, and other unique features through an Agro-Fair at the City Hall Grounds. An added attraction this year is the Kantahan ng Barangay on August 2, 2013. Barangay Day is on August 3, 2013. Pinoy games will be conducted for the constituents of the 20 barangays.

On the other hand, the 4th SULONG Tacurong Business and SME Week is conducted by the LGU and DTI to share business opportunities, showcase local enterprises, and distinguish outstanding entrepreneurs and businessmen in the city. SULONG or Sustaining the Unlimited Livelihood Opportunities by Nurturing the Growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises is a brainchild of RD Dillera during her service in the DTI. RD Dillera conceptualized this activity with City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and the LGU’s Investment Section headed by Mr. David Salazar.

The 4thSULONG Tacurong Business Week activities and services include: technology trainings on charcoal briquette, bamboo nursery development and granulated Cavendish banana (Jul 30); consumer information desk (Jul 30-Aug 3); Producers and Young Entrepreneurs Fair (Jul 30-Aug 3); SME Roving Academy (Jul 31-Aug 2); Financing Forum (Aug 2); Investment Forum (Aug 2); Labor Education Seminar (Aug 2); Awarding of the Outstanding Entrepreneur & Market Vendor; and TESDA Exhibition.
SULONG Tacurong activities were sponsored by DTI-SK, TESDA, and the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council in partnership with LGU-Tacurong City.

Jezereel Louise C. Billano (LGU Information)