Forty-eight new rescuers from three barangays of Tacurong City have successfully completed their search and rescue (SAR) training, and will join the ranks of award-winning rescue teams in the city.

On December 5, 2015, Mayor Lina O. Montilla personally accepted and presented the new rescue teams during their graduation ceremony in Barangay Baras, Tacurong City. The new rescue teams were from Upper Katungal, which has 15 members, Baras with 18 members, and New Passi with 15.

Barangay Captain Doroteo J. Delicana of Baras is the first barangay captain ever to personally join the training. He will lead the Baras Search and Rescue team.

The three teams underwent the 5 Day Search and Rescue Training on Flooding and Landslide Incidents on December 1 – 5, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall Grounds; in Media Villa Resort in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and Maharlika Beach Resort in General Santos City.

The 5-day training taught the new rescuers ropemanship, rappelling, first aid and medical evacuation, map reading and land navigation, victim hailing, swimming techniques, high-line set up, and 1 mile swim. They were trained by the certified SAR instructors of the city’s own rescue team, the TRACER, led by Team Leader Leonardo “Jun” Robles, Jr. and Assistant Team Leader, Amante Alcaide.

There are currently 8 barangays who have created their own rescue teams. The remaining 12 barangays are expected to organize their teams and undergo training by next year.

“Now that you have become certified rescuers, the lives of others will now come first before your own; that is a noble thing to do.”-Mayor Lina O. Montilla

-Yen Robles, (Tacurong-LGU)