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LGU augments P9.3M budget for peace and order programs

Making sure that peace and order programs do not take a back seat in governance, the city government allocated additional funds intended for Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) initiatives in Tacurong City.

In the meeting of the City Peace and Order Council yesterday, Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla told the members that the local government unit has set aside funds from supplemental budget amounting to P9,313,000.00 intended for POPS programs.

City Budget Officer Imelda Pamplona said that the fund was sourced from last year’s retained earnings or savings of the LGU.

Out of the total budget, P2 million is allocated to purchase additional gadgets and cameras for the existing CCTV system.

The CCTV network of the city has been in place since 2019 but the mayor sees the need to continually enhance the system like installation of additional cameras in other strategic areas.

Moreover, P2.7 million is allotted for civil security support program and P4 million is for peacekeeping mobilization support program.

The remaining P613,000 is intended for traffic management and enforcement support programs.

Mayor Montilla said that while the LGU is currently giving its full attention to COVID-19 responses, we must see to it that other programs such as those related to peace and order are not sacrificed.

“Protecting our city from internal and external threats is always on top of our goals; indi naton i-allow ang pandemya nga ini nga mag-compromise sa seguridad sang aton syudad”, Montilla said. (ASF, LGU Information)

LGU Tacurong installs more street lights along national road

Recently widened stretch of national highway in Tacurong City will soon be engulfed with solar-powered lights as the city government continues to prioritize putting up of street lights.

After two months of being held in abeyance due to force majeure situation that is the COVID-19 pandemic, the city government has finally completed another solar-powered street lights project.

The P2 million worth of street lights, lined up along national highway from rotunda going to the area in front of Dragon Complex, is composed of 19 street lights powered by solar panels, inbuilt battery, LED lights, and smart sensors, all integrated into a single compact unit.

The project was supposed to be completed in March but quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic had compelled the contractor to invoke force majeure principle to justify the delay in project completion.

Force majeure or fortuitous event is an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents someone from fulfilling a contract, and in this case, the street lights project.

Meanwhile, the City Engineering Office reported that after a dry run, luminosity concerns on some of the LED lights were observed and the supplier has already vowed to make replacements within this week.

Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla was informed by the Engineering Office that all street lights are expected to be at full blast next week.

In first quarter of this year or prior to the implementation of General Community Quarantine guidelines, the first P2 million street lights project of the city government had already been completed. The project site was situated in the area along national highway from rotunda going to Barangay San Pablo.

Moreover, Mayor Montilla said that another P2 million street lights project is now up for bidding. The site of the project is from national highway junction going to Barangay Upper Karungal passing through San Pedro Calungsod Parish.

In his first State of the City Address in January this year, Mayor Montilla pledged that solar-powered street lights will be a priority of his administration.

He said that for 2019 and 2020, the city government has a total budget allocation of P16 million for solar-powered street lights in various locations of the city, majority of which are to be installed within the central business district.

“I plan to allocate additional funds aside from the current budget that we have and we also sent request to national agencies for financial augmentation on this priority project”, Montilla said.

The mayor’s plan is to overwhelm the central business district of the city with solar-powered lights before the end of his term of office. (ASFreno, LGU Information)

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