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VAW-Desk Awards tops off 2021 women’s month celeb

Ten barangay councilors who emerged as Most Functional Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge in this year’s National Women’s Month culmination in the city, March 30, 2021, were honored for their responsiveness in acting upon women abuse and in advocating women empowerment in their areas of jurisdiction.

Conferred by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) at Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Evelyn Camendan of Brgy. Buenaflor ranked 1st among other nominees from the twenty barangays of Tacurong. Meanwhile, Luisa Acosta of Brgy. San Pablo and Gina Espuertas of Brgy. New Isabela came in 2nd and 3rd places.

The fourth to tenth places were also respectively garnered by Cherry Tolentino of Brgy. Upper Katungal, Rohaila Gapor of Brgy. Calean, Leah Ferrer of Brgy. New Carmen, Elisa Godoy of Brgy. San Antonio, Ellyn Casipe of Brgy. Baras, Analyn Sidon of Brgy. Kalandagan, and Jocelyn Puedan of Brgy. New Lagao.

Each of the Top 10 awardees took home a plaque of recognition, a sack of rice, a personalized mug, and cash prizes of varying amount from P5,500 to P10,000 depending on the rank while a certificate of participation and a consolation prize of P2,000 were each given to non-winning brgy. councilors.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla’s support on this celebration was made apparent through City Councilor David Salazar who imparted various bible verses on what empowered women should be, and he also stressed the city government’s openness to create legislations that could intensify women’s campaign for gender equality.

Aside from their input and guidance, City First Lady and CTCDW Honorary Adviser Cora Montilla, as well as City Councilor and CTCDW Honorary Chairperson Lalaine Montilla, also sponsored assistance in the form of mugs raffled in the program.

Further, CTCDW also recognized the beauty salons and establishments in the city that supported the authored ordinance of Councilor Lalaine, Ordinance No. 030-2020, urging a 10% discount every first week of International Women’s Month Celebration granted to every female customer of these beauty parlors.

The program also launched the Search for Women Achievers Award – Frontliner Edition as adjacent to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

City Councilor Geronimo Arzagon, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elenita Saavedra, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles also graced the activity along with the CTCDW officers, barangay officials, and awardees’ families. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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Lupon of Upper Katungal conquers regional hall of fame; makes it to Top 4 in national awards

Proclaimed as the Best Lupong Tagapamayapa-Independent/Component Cities Category in Region XII for the year 2014, Lupong Tagapamayapa of Barangay Upper Katungal in Tacurong City is now in the region’s Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards (LTIA) Hall of Fame.

Its winning streak in the LTIA started in 2012. It had won the admiration of regional evaluation teams for its efficient and well-documented transactions.

For 2014, Lupon of Upper Katungal reports that all cases filed in the barangay were settled. Some cases did not even reach the pangkat because Lupon members who are purok presidents make efforts to settle disputes in their level. “Sa purok level pa lang, may mediation na kaming ginagawa. Kung hindi man maayos sa purok, sinisikap ng Lupon na maayos ang mga kaso para hindi na umabot sa korte,” stated Punong Barangay and Lupon Chairperson Hernane S. Fermo when asked of their best practices.

He also added that their Lupon supports activities that promote peace in the community. “Sa pamamagitan ng mga inter-purok activities tulad ng Best Sanitation Practices at Clean and Green, napagkakaisa naming ang magkakapit-bahay…nababawasan ang away at gulo,” said Fermo.

Upper Katungal Lupon members with LGU officials and the LTIA National Validation Team
Upper Katungal Lupon members with LGU officials and the LTIA National Validation Team

Country’s Best

With its innovative practices in settling cases and for its proactive approach in peace and conflict resolution, Upper Katungal Lupong Tagapamayapa was shortlisted as among the Top 4 among the fourteen contenders in the National LTIA-Component Cities Category.

“LTIA is now on its 25th awarding year. For the first time in the history of LTIA, ngayon lang po nangyari na ang national board of judges ay nag decide na magkaroon ng Top 4 instead of Top 3..dahil napakalapit ng difference ng inyong mga scores [sa document review],” said Justice Bernardo Abesamis, Chairperson of the LTIA National Board of Judges.

Abesamis and the rest of the National Validation Team went to Barangay Upper Katungal on 22 October 2015. They interviewed Lupon members on purok level mediation, efficienc implementation of the barangay justice system, and their strategies in peace and conflict resolution. “Sinusunod naming ang sistema at gumagawa pa kami ng ibang paraan upang maayos ang mga away; nagsasagawa kami ng home visitation upang mabigyan ng payo ang mga involved,” said Fermo.

Justice Abesamis explained that the scores in the on-site validation will finally determine the Top 3 who will receive the LTIA Presidential Citation.

“Upper Katungal is an active partner in promoting peace. We have seen how it has improved through the years and we are positive that they will receive due recognition,” affirmed Mayor Lina O. Montilla who was also present during the validation. Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, city councilors, chairpersons of other barangays, and City DILG Officer Alberto Sero Jr. also showed their support and witnessed the LTIA national validation.

Two more Lupons in Region XII are eyeing for the national awards, namely Barangay City Heights in General Santos City (Highly Urbanized Cities category) and Lupon of Barangay Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato (third class municipalities category).

The Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards (LTIA) is an annual recognition of the exemplary performance of the Lupong Tagapamaya in their implementation of Katarungang Pambarangay or Barangay Justice System. (JLBillano-Fabreag, LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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PESO Tacurong receives national citation

The Department of Labor and Employment awarded a citation to the Tacurong City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) during the 15th National PESO Congress held at PICC in Pasay City, 26 October 2015.

The citation came after Tacurong City PESO’s nomination for the 2014 National Best PESO Award-Component City/Independent Component City Category. Tacurong City PESO had been recognized as Top Regional Performer from 2013 to 2014.

Tacurong City PESO was cited through Local Chief Executive Honorable Lina O. Montilla and PESO Manager Allan S. Freno.

The citation was conferred by DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. (LGU-Tacurong Information)

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TRACER wagi sa 2015 Regional Gawad Kalasag

Nakamit ng Tacurong City Responsive and Coordinated Emergency Search and Rescue o TRACER ang unang gantimpala sa Best Government Emergency Response Management Category sa 2015 Regional Gawad KALASAG.

Dahil dito, ang TRACER ang magsisilbing entry ng Region XII sa National Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management sa nasabing kategorya. Nakuha din ng Tacurong Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ang ikalawang parangal sa Best DRRM-Component City Category.

TRACER DRRM

Ang TRACER  ay binuo ng pamahalaang lokal ng Syudad ng Tacurong sa pamamagitan ng City DRRM Council upang mapabuti ang kahandaan ng syudad at ng karatig nitong mga bayan sa mga kalamidad at sakuna.

Ang mga parangal ay ibinigay ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council XII at ng Office of Civil Defense sa ilalim ng Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan).

Noong 2013, nahirang na 3rd Best Volunteer Organization ang TRACER sa ilalim din ng Gawad KALASAG Awards-National Level.       Jezereel Louise Billano-Fabreag

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