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Barangays in Tacurong now devolve-function ready

Ready to take charge devolve functions – this is how the 20 barangays of Tacurong City will approach the onset of the Mandanas Ruling on 2022 after being capacitated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through an intensive workshop on the Formulation of the Barangay Devolution Transition Plan.

During the 3-day training at Mt. Sabrina Hotel and Resort, General Santos City, from September 30 to October 2, 2021, the Punong Barangays, Secretaries, Treasurers, Kagawads, and SK Chairpersons of each barangay went through a series of thorough coaching, presentation, and critiquing by the Outcome Manager of DILG-Sultan Kudarat Augustus Tabugo.

Tabugo, assisted by the Lambayong Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Bonnie Mua, dabbled on the Devolved Basic Services and Facilities of the Local Government Code of 1991 and the mandate of the newly signed Executive Order 138.

Congruent to EO 138, the National Government (NG) will enable the barangays in the country to shift into full devolution which will expand the delegation of additional duties and responsibilities. On the otherhand, Mandanas Ruling mandates that the LGUs will obtain a share from all the collected national taxes including those of the government agencies and not just from the National Internal Revenue Taxes (NIRT).

For the barangays, this means that they will achieve autonomy over the services they will deliver to their contituents. Most of all, increased funding and budget will be acquired as the NG pour in a percentage of the National Taxes to the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of each barangay.

With this future provision to the barangay government of Tacurong, the City Local Government Operations Office, headed by CLGO Officer Victoria Dolido, ensures that the budget will be appropriately accounted for.

In aid of the CLGOO is the City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office led by Amelia A. Bochorno who was represented at the conference by the Local Youth Development Officer – Designate Elmer Felongco.

Moreover, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla articulated his support through a Video Message during the workshop. He conveyed his confidence to the barangays that with cooperation and unity, the real essence of the devolution will be attained for the utmost benefit of Tacurongnons.

As a response, Association of Barangay Council President Hon. Amoilo Ortizo expressed the commitment of the 20 barangays and their coordination to the city government. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)

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Tacurong celebrates founding anniversary plus 3 festivals

Tacurong City successfully concluded its 67th Foundation Anniversary and 3 other festivals on August 3, 2018 after a week-long celebration. The other festivals included the 9th Sulong Tacurong Business Week, the 18th Barangay Day, and the Farmers’ and Entrepreneurs’ Festival 2018.

On 30 July, an opening program was held at the city cultural and sports center to mark the beginning of the 9th Sulong Tacurong Business Week and the opening of the barangay booth contest for the Farmers’ and Entrepreneurs’ Festival. DTI also facilitated the skills training on indigenous christmas decoration making at the Negosyo Center.

On July 31, the public hearing of Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) was held at the city gym and facilitated by Sangguniang Panlungsod and the City Planning and Development Coordinator Office. DICT and LGU Tacurong also sponsored a crash course on internet literacy at the Tech4Ed center.

Dungog , the first ever spoken word poetry contest of the city was held on August 1 at the city gymnasium; Mary Cris Huquire of Brgy. Lancheta won first place.

On the same day, the SK Producers and Young Entrepreneurs Fair opened at SM Savemore where locally made products were exhibited. An information drive of financing companies was also held at Primark Town Center. At the city hall compound, an investment forum entitled “Doing Business in Tacurong” was ongoing. KOMPOSO, an original composition contest was also held at the city gymnasium participated by the elderly of Tacurong.

A job fair was facilitated by the LGU on August 2 through its Public Employment Service Office and in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment. Over one hundred applicants turned up to be interviewed by the participating employers. Thirty five of those applicants were hired on the spot.

Simultaneous with the job fair, the DTI was also conducting a seminar on promoting local products through social media under its DTI One Town, One Project program.

August 3 marked the culmination of the festivals and was officially the celebration of Tacurong Day or the 67th Founding Anniversary of Tacurong .

Tacurong Day began with the annual civic parade and headgear competition participated by private organizations and public offices. The entry of the Liga ng mga Barangay won first place.

August 3, the official celebration of Barangay Day 2018, saw the annual larong pinoy conducted at the city hall grounds and participated by children and adults alike.

To cap off the founding anniversary, an awards night was held at the city gym where awards and recognition were conferred to outstanding citizens, business entities, and officials in Tacurong City.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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