The Tacurong City Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) received another livelihood project from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the form of a water refilling station.

DOLE Regional Sisinio Cano and Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan turned over the project together with Councilor David Salazar who represented Mayor Angelo Montilla during the turnover rites held this morning of December 20, 2019.

Former Mayor Lina Montilla and DTI Provincial Director Felisa Sinobago also attended the turnover ceremony.

The water refilling project is located at 3rd Block, TACEA Village, New Isabela, Tacurong City.

After the blessing and ribbon-cutting, a program was held at Edjin Pension House followed by the association’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Party.

In his message, Director Cano said that he is glad that TATVA is already acknowledged as one of the best in the region in terms of livelihood projects implementation.

He also thanked the city government and DTI for guiding the association in all its undertakings.

DTI and the LGU PESO helped the association in preparing the project proposals and feasibility studies.

Before DOLE and LGU entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla passed and approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the said agreement.

The water refilling project, amounting to half a million pesos, falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project or DILP and is already an augmentation since individual members had already received their nego-karts in 2013.

In 2016, TATVA also received a project from the Local Government of Tacurong that it used in putting up a grocery store.

After two years of operation, TATVA had exceeded its target on sales and was able to hit an average gross sales of P8 Million annually.

It even expanded its business operation by opening a carinderia beside the grocery store.

TATVA’s success in business paved way for it to be declared by the DOLE as regional winner of Best Livelihood Project in 2018.

The association currently has 33 active members.