Tacurong City’s outstanding health governance programs paved way for it to be chosen as pilot area in the implementation of a new law that provides ease of access to health care and nutrition programs.

Zuellig Family Foundation and Nutrition International will help the national government to capacitate local leaders in improving the delivery of nutrition services to their constituents and the enactment of Republic Act 11148 or the First 1000 Days Law expedites the objective.

The law desires to give marginalized families easier access to health and nutrition programs in the first 1000 days, beginning from conception until two years of age of a child.

Tacurong City is joined by Puerto Prinsesa City and Tagum City as pilot areas.

Former Mayor Lina Montilla’s active involvement in the health governance programs of ZFF and the city government’s success in championing health were primary reasons for the city’s inclusion in the list of pilot areas.

During the launch of ZFF and Nutrition International’s Urban Nutrition Governance Project on July 10 in Metro Manila, former Mayor Lina joined his brother, incumbent Mayor Angelo Montilla to the event.

As pilot city, Tacurong will get the opportunity to receive all the assistance that aim to improve health and nutrition outcomes.

On August 15, ZFF started its engagement with Tacurong by having a dialogue with Mayor Angelo Montilla and other officials.

Part of the dialogue was giving the local officials detailed concept about the project and the specific interventions ZFF will provide the city.

Vice Mayor Lino Montilla also joined the dialogue and committed to facilitate the appropriate legislations needed to expedite the project. (ASF, LGU Information)