(August 3, 2012) Even prior to the passage into law of Barangay Development Act filed in congress by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, barangays of Tacurong are about to benefit in advance the senator’s resolve of empowering all the barangays in the country.

Speaking in front of  hundreds of barangay constituents who gathered at the city hall ground during the Barangay Day Celebration on August 3, 2012, Senator Trillanes pledged to allocate funds for the twenty barangay of Tacurong that they will use for implementation of their development projects.
The senator did not disclose how much funds the barangays will receive saying that he will just wait for proposals or resolutions from the Liga ng mga Barangay.
Barangay Chairman Silvestre Llanto, who sits as the Federation President of the Liga ng mga Barangay of Tacurong, said that the pledge from Senator Trillanes is the biggest gift on their Barangay Day Celebration. Llanto, also the City Chapter President of Magdalo, said that the Liga will immediately prepare the proposals.
Apart from his pledge to funnel funds for the barangays of Tacurong, the senator also vowed to allocate separate funds for the completion of the city’s gymnasium. He also did not reveal figures for the funds but said that he will wait for the proposal from the city government.
Mayor Lina Montilla, who led the city’s residents in welcoming the senator in the celebration, was all praises to the sincerity of Senator Trillanes’ commitment of helping the Local Government Units (LGU).
“Senator Trillanes was one of the very few senators who made true to their promise of helping our LGU and his previous assistance for the construction of our City Medical and Dental Center was the testament to that”, Mayor Montilla said.
Trillanes already earmarked P5M last year for the construction of the second phase of the City Medical and Dental Center that was inaugurated in January of this year. The fund used for the construction of the Center, taken from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), is already delivering great results based on the number of clients availing of services from the health facility daily.
People who listened to the senator’s speech during the Barangay Day were almost non-stop in their applause. The group of senior citizens who came in huge number even arranged for a pictorial with the senator on the stage. Their gesture was evident of their love for the senator who was instrumental in the passage of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.
The large group of teachers who were present also shouted with joy upon hearing that the senator is continuously pushing for his bill that seeks to raise the minimum pay of public school teachers to salary grade 20 from salary grade 11. If the bill will be passed into law, teachers will receive a basic salary of P36, 567.00 per month.
During the program, the Sangguniang Panlungsod members headed by Vice Mayor Charito Collado, presented the Senator Trillanes copy of the resolution they passed “Declaring Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as Adopted Son of the City of Tacurong”.
After the program, Mayor Montilla and other officials of the city accompanied Senator Trillanes to the City Medical and Dental Center. The senator, impressed with how the structure was built, noted the fact that the center’s structure is not yet fully completed and needs more funds to make its operation in full swing. Senator Trillanes concluded his visit to Tacurong by pledging to provide more funds for the completion of the medical and dental center. (Allan S. Freno- LGU Tacurong Information)