The City of Tacurong, through City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and the Sangguniang Panlungsod members, welcomed four Lady City Mayors from the Bicol and Ilocos Regions for a benchmarking activity on February 19-20.

These mayors were Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua of Ligao City in Albay, Mayor Rowena Rejuso-Tuazon of Masbate City, Mayor Sally Ante-Lee of Sorsogon City, and Mayor Belen Fernandez of Dagupan City in Pangasinan.

During the visit, the Lady Mayors were introduced to the best practices of the city including the City Hall sa Barangay, a program where the LGU brings its basic services to the barangay for one whole day.

On February 20, the visitors were able to witness the same in Barangay New Carmen. They were also able to assist in the bag distribution to first graders under the Balik Eskwela program of the city.

The mayors also made a tour of the city landfill and Materails Recovery Facility (MRF).

“Hindi masamang mangopya,” quipped Mayor Sally in her message during the Monday flag raising ceremony of the city hall. “But it’s only for LGUs. Sorsogon has been copying the best practices of other cities and look where we are now. Don’t hesitate to learn and copy from others. Take what you can and improve it,” she shared.

The rest of the best practices of the city were introduced and shown to the visitors in an audio-visual presentation by the heads of offices involved.

The local chief executives made this side trip to Tacurong before their executive board meeting for the League of Cities of the Philippines in General Santos City on February 21.

Before leaving, the Lady Mayors were treated to a tour of the Baras Bird Sanctuary by Mayor Montilla herself and accompanied by the city CLGOO, Mr. Alberto Sero.

Impressed by the diverse ecosystem of the sanctuary and the riparian improvements made in the adjacent river, one of the mayors’ aides exclaimed, “Blessing ito para sa inyo. Grabe, ang yaman yaman niyo!”

Indeed, Tacurong is rich in all kinds of diversities and it’s willing to share its secret to success with other LGUs in the country.