In time for the celebration of this milestone, TACEAns gathered for their annual general assembly after their morning parade around the city. During the assembly, TACEA’s new set of officers were elected. The annual financial and accomplishment reports were also delivered.
“TACEA had been very active in advocating for employees’ benefits and privileges. We are very thankful that the city officials have been very supportive in all our programs,” said TACEA President Amelia Bochorno.
Mayor Lina O. Montilla and City Councilor Benjamin Fajardo Jr., chairperson of the SP Committee on Labor and Employment, participated during the general assembly.
During the assembly, TACEAns agreed to support the LGU and Jollibee’s Busog Lusog Talino Program. Four hundred seventy-two (472) TACEAns pledged to contribute PhP200.00 to adopt a new school for the BLT program. BLT is a daily lunch feeding program that aims to reduce malnutrition and drop-out rate in elementary schools. A BLT school needs P57,600.00 to feed 40 undernourished Grade 1 & 2 pupils for 120 days. This cost does not cover expenses on parent seminars and orientations, and purchase of eating and cooking utensils.
In the evening, TACEAns enjoyed a dinner program. The new set of officers took oath before Mayor Montilla. Bochorno was re-elected as president.
TACEAns who brought pride to the association by winning various awards in the regional level received medals of recognition. Prizes were also given out during the raffle draw.
“TACEA is an institution. It has policies and programs. Bisan kita mag-retire, magpabilin ang TACEA as an institution,” said PIPSEA President Falix Cabuguas Jr. PIPSEA stands for Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association, the national confederation of government employees. Cabuguas was the association’s honored guest during its evening celebration. He also shared updates on laws concerning the public sector workforce.
“Sustaining 20 years of unity is never easy but TACEA proved that it is possible. Nalipay ako nga nahimo ako nga parte sang sini nga asosasyon,” said Mayor Montilla. Montilla is one of TACEA’s honorary members.
In the Philippines, there are 1.5 million government employees. Only 21% of this number had been organized as unions and associations. “Among the most active unions in the country are unions in the SoCCSKSarGen area,” said PIPSEA President Cabuguas.
(LGU Tacurong City Information)