Education has always been on top of the city government’s priorities and one of the programs it has maintained for years is college scholarship to deserving Tacurongnons.

This year, under the leadership of City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, the city launched the Iskolar ng Lungsod ng Tacurong (ILT) on October 21 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center. Fifty-four student-beneficiaries, together with their parents, attended the launching and individually signed their contracts with the city mayor.

The same event also served as a Memorandum of Agreement signing between the city and partner schools, which included the Sultan Kudarat State University where the bulk of the scholars study; Sultan Kudarat Educational Institute, Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology, STI, Notre Dame of Tacurong College, South Central Mindanao College of Science and Technology, and VMC Asian College Foundation, Inc.

Meanwhile, accompanying the city mayor during the program launch were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, Hon. Lalaine Montilla, chairperson of the SP Committee on Education; Hon. Bernardino Umadhay, Jr., Hon. Dave Salazar, Hon. Carlos Segura, and Hon. Geronimo P. Arzagon.

The beneficiaries went through a thorough selection process, panel of which was composed of the city mayor and the LGU’s education board. An interview was conducted to properly determine the most deserving of the applicants. For instance, 20-year old Psyche F. Tomas, an ILT beneficiary, graduated valedictorian of her high school class. However, what made her case notably different was the fact that she became a solo parent at 16.With great disappointment from her parents, they have forsaken her to fend for herself and her child. An aunt took them in and fed them. What bright future she could have had, some thought vanished with her teen pregnancy. But not in Tacurong. It is the earnest belief of the city government that Ms. Tomas, like any other youth in the city, should have an education and a chance to reach her dreams.

The city government allocated a budget of P500 thousand for this school year and will increase its allocation annually with P100 thousand to make room for more qualified Tacurongnon students. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)