Project PAGLAUM, Tacurong City’s intervention for children in the slum under the MDG-FACES program, will be sustained by the city government fund, according to Mayor Lina O. Montilla.
MDG-FACES or Millennium Development Goals-Family Based Actions for Children and their Environs in the Slum is a program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
As provided in a Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the LGU-Tacurong, Local Government Academy, and DILG in 2013, the national government have given P300,000.00 for project implementation until September 2014.
The mayor’s statement was backed by the Mr. Alberto P. Sero Jr, the City DILG Officer. “Kahit maubos na natin ang budget from the national, magpapatuloy ang Project PAGLAUM through local budget allocation,” said Sero. A loud applause from the 40 mothers of the project’s family-beneficiaries followed this announcement.
The announcement was made during the Project PAGLAUM beneficiaries’ orientation on responsible parenthood and reproductive health, environmental sanitation and solid waste management, and anti smoking, anti-drug abuse, andanti illegal gambling. The orientation was conducted on September 23, 2014.
This activity is the latest among the interventions implemented through the project. Other interventions include livelihood trainings, vegetable gardening for income and consumption, health and sanitation activities and policies, anti illegal drugs and gambling operations, and street lights rehabilitation, among others. All this aimed at improving the living conditions of children and their families in Purok Onse, Poblacion.
“Sadtong wala pa ang MDG project diri, ang lugar namon sugalan guid,” said Nena Gerasmo, a PAGLAUM mother. “Karon, imbes na mag hampang o chismis kami, naga garden kami. Kag mas safe na ang dalan kay sanag na kung gab-i,” she added.
Project PAGLAUM is being implemented by LGU Tacurong City with the support of various stakeholders in the community. (LGU Tacurong City Information)