The city government of Tacurong was recognized as the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) for its remarkable support in the Riparian Zone Management Program for Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Barangay Baras in Tacurong City was also recognized as one of the most outstanding Barangay Riparian Zone Management Councils in Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.
The LGU received a plaque of recognition while Barangay Baras received a certificate and Php15,000.00 cash prize from the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance or AVLDA. These were awarded during the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Summit on 21 November 2013, Provincial Capitol, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
LGU-Tacurong, composed of its Office for the Development of Cooperatives, City Planning & Development Office, and City Environment and Natural Resources Office, continuously take active roles in the rehabilitation and protection of The Kapingkong River and other tributaries. Annual planting of trees, bamboo and vetiver grass in riparian zones started in June 2009. These activities are sustained through the help of AVLDA, non-government organizations, national line agencies, land owners, and other stakeholders.
On June 2009, a total of 3,300 bamboos and trees were planted along river banks and creeks of 10 barangays in Tacurong. On July 2010, an Agroforest Nursery Development Project in Barangay Baras was developed. Through this project, four thousand cutting of various bamboo species were prepared for planting. The cuttings were planted on October 2010. Another tree, bamboo, and vetiver planting activity was conducted on October 2012.
A bamboo and vetiver bagging activity was conducted at the nursery site of Barangay Baras. During this activity, three thousand bags were utilized. Bamboo and vetiver cuttings prepared during this activity will be used in the next planting activities.
Riparian zone management program implementation is one of the key elements of Tacurong City’s DRRM Plan. (Elizabeth Buenacosa & Jezereel Louise Billano—LGU Tacurong)