The Local Government Unit of Tacurong launched the 2013 City Hall sa Barangay in Barangay Upper Katungal, August 23, serving 1,191 constituents.

The 3 most availed services were medical and dental services, veterinary services, and free haircut. Of the total number of beneficiaries, 694 availed of free medical and dental services with free medicines.

One of these is Christian Dave Catapan, a 12-year old suffering from cerebral palsy. Christian availed of free medical services and medicines for cough and colds from the Office for City Health Services. “Budlay ini sya dal-on sa banwa kay sa sitwasyon nya kag pati ang wheelchair. Maayo nga may doktor diri subong sa barangay, hindi kami mabudlayan,” said Josie Catapan, Christian’s mother. Brgy. Upper Katungal is approximately 5 kilometers away from the city proper. Construction of roads going to the barangay is also ongoing making it more difficult for commuters like Josie and Christian.

After, getting his free medicines, Christian availed of a free haircut from the Philippine Army, one of LGU’s active partners in City Hall sa Barangay. Christian and his mother were assisted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

City Hall sa Barangay brings all the services of different departments into communities, one barangay at a time. These services are offered for free.

City Hall sa Barangay is now on its 3rd year of implementation.

(Jezereel Billano-LGU Information)