In an effort to unite communities, encourage people involvement, and foster social relations within the barangays of the city, the Local Government of Tacurong (LGU) launched the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Barangay – “Katahum Barangay 2020”.

Criteria for the competition included a clean and garbage-free barangay, greening and beautification of the communities, a community garden, and roadside beautification among others.

However, more than the superficial, the competition also made sure to encourage a long-lasting effect to the barangays through the inclusion of clean & green governance to the standard; passing of local ordinances and educational campaigns to the members of the communities made this possible.

The evaluations ended by December 7 and the evaluating committee included representatives from the different offices of the LGU.

On December 23, an awarding ceremony was held at the Tacurong City Cultural Sports Center attended personally by City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and former City Mayor Lina O. Montilla.

All the Punong Barangays and their barangay officials also attended the event in anticipation of the results.

Aside from the major prizes, there were special awards given such as Best in Clean and Green Governance, Best in Community Garden, Cleanest and Greenest Barangay Health Station, and Best in Community Support among others; Barangay Baras, Rajah Muda & San Antonio, San Emmanuel, and Rajah Muda, San Antonio & D’ Ledesma took home the awards, respectively.

The grand winner for this year’s competition is Barangay Rajah Muda. Punong Barangay Rhodora Pauya received the award and the P70,000.00 cash prize. Second placer this year is Barangay San Antonio while 3rd Placer is Barangay Baras; their respective Punong Barangays received the award and the cash prizes worth P60,000.00 and P50,000.00.

In his message, Mayor Montilla recognized and appreciated the cooperation of the barangay governments, the city council, and the different offices of the LGU in this endeavor. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will not forget your cooperation and unity with the city government.” He added, “Ang kadalag-an sang isa, kadalag-an naton tanan.” (The victory of one, is the victory of us all.)

Indeed, this competition was successful in fostering closer social ties among the people in the barangays and it brought Tacurong a step closer to its goal — a city that is ‘matahom kag naga-ugyon’. (Beautiful and united.) (YMR, LGUTac-Info)