The City Government of Tacurong, in celebration of Civil Service Commission’s 112th anniversary, conducted Hataw and Walk for A Cause – Alay sa mga Batang Lansangan on September 7, 2012.
Other groups and sectors who supported the cause were the 601st Brigade-Philippine Army, Task Force Talakudong, PNP, DepEd, BJMP, DTI, Tacurong National High School, Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology, Sultan Kudarat Water District, among others. Participants walked a distance of approximately 3 kilometers from the city grounds to STI building, vice versa.
Hon. Psyche Sucaldito, author of the project Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan, gladly announced that the activity was able to raise Php 10,000.00.
The project, which started in July 2012, now has almost 30 beneficiaries who are under the care of the City’s Crisis Center-Social Welfare and Development Office. Kids who stopped schooling attend classes under DepEd’s Alterative Learning System or ALS, while kids who have not attended school at all are taught by CSWD staff to read and write.
One beneficiary thanked the LGU and the participants during the program. “Dahil po sa inyo, makakamit ko na ang pangarap kong makatuntong sa kolehiyo at makatapos ng pag-aaral,” he said. The said beneficiary will be enrolling for college education next semester.
“We are preparing for the future of these kids. We want to guide them so that they won’t be ‘future problems’. If they get the good guidance, future public servants may yield from this group,” said Mayor Lina O. Montilla.
In 2011, City of Tacurong was adjudged as Region XII’s Most Child-Friendly City by the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children.