Mayor Lina O. Montilla of Tacurong City presented the LGU’s Project PAGLAUM to mayors and officials of 28 cities during the MDG-FACES 4th National Roll-Out 1st Business Meeting on July 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) wanted to motivate the 28 participating cities with the experience and best practices of Tacurong City, Dasmariñas City in Cavite, and San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan. The presentation of the three cities was dubbed Sharing the Fruits of the Harvest: the MDG-FACES experience.

The 28 cities include the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Gingoog, San Fernando, San Carlos, Lipa, Quezon City, Legazpi, Bacoor, Masbate, and Alaminos.

“When we launched Project PAGLAUM in November 2013, none of us in the LGU ever expected that we will come to this moment..that we will be given this opportunity to share the results of our undertakings to these big cities,” said Mayor Montilla.

During the business meeting, the said participating cities were also briefed about the mechanics of implementing FACES projects in their respective areas. The participants were also asked to initially plan for initial stages of project implementation.

“We are hoping that our audience was able to capture lessons and innovations,” added Montilla.

Through Project PAGLAUM, LGU-Tacurong City was able to mobilize various organizations and agencies for the improvement of  living conditions of 40 children-beneficiaries in the city’s lone slum area—Purok Onse in Barangay Poblacion.

Project PAGLAUM addressed the top three concerns of mothers in Purok Onse—peace and order problems caused by illegal gambling and drugs; low family income and hunger; and poor sanitation.

Among the remarkable changes in Purok are the rehabilitated streetlights courtesy of SUKELCO; regular PNP patrol and anti-illegal drug operations; and container gardens in the vicinity that supply the needs of families and also serve as source of income. Mothers were also taught about Cavendish banana utilization and water lily handicrafts. Medical mission and sanitation activities such as Limpyo Kalog have also been conducted in the purok. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)