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391 beneficiaries finish skills training under Bottom-Up Budgeting 2016

On August 30, 2016, the City Government of Tacurong, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office, and in partnership with DSWD, DOST, and TESDA, proudly presented its 391 graduates of skills training on Sustainable Livelihood Program under the Bottom-Up Budgeting 2016 in a closing ceremony at the Tacurong Sports and Cultural Center.

The graduates, all of whom came from the different barangays of the city and some being 4Ps beneficiaries and people with disabilities, trained in Management of Chicken Layers, Management of Laying Ducks, Accelerated Vinegar Production and Technology Demonstration on Accelerator Kit, Backyard Swine Breeding Program, Beauty Care NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II, Carpentry NC II, and Dressmaking NC II.

Along with their newly acquired skills, the graduates were also provided with tools and kits to help them start with their livelihood.

Present during the closing ceremony were Mr. Alberto Sero of the DILG, city councilors Arzagon, Ferrer, Flores, Salazar, and Segura; and the different barangay captains and barangay officials. Representing the city mayor was Rodrigo Jamorabon. Representatives from DSWD Field Office XII, headed by Ms. Noraidah T. Busran, were also present.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Bottom-Up Budgeting 2016 had a working budget of Php1.2 million. Training began in July 2016 and ended in August. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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LGU-Tacurong and DSWD open BUB livehood program for 2016

“Kaya ko ang pagbabago!”

With fists up in the air, this was the battle cry of the 399 beneficiaries of the 2016 Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) program by the City Government of Tacurong and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during its opening program on June 9, 2016 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

With a working budget of Php1.2 million, the lucky beneficiaries, most of whom are from the 4Ps program, have been granted the opportunity to undergo skills training on Management of Chicken Layers, Management of Laying Ducks, Accelerated Vinegar Production and Technology Demonstration on Accelerator Kit, Backyard Swine Breeding Program, and TESDA-certified Beauty Care NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II, Carpentry NC II, and Dressmaking NC II. Six hundred thousand pesos of the budget is counterpart of LGU-Tacurong.

Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon representing the city mayor, CILGOO Alberto Sero, Jr., Meflie Ampoloquio of DSWD Region XII, Ramon Magana of UBAS, and the different barangay officials were in attendance to support the BUB opening program.

According to Ms. Josephine Ubaldo, project evaluator of BUB projects from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) office, the skills training are slated to begin by the second week of July and targeted to be finished by August 31, 2016. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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LGU-Tacurong welcomes new batch of SPES grantees

A total of three hundred ninety (390) students are the grantees of this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

The biggest number admitted as of yet, the said SPES grantees, together with the 45 grantees of the Government Internship Program (TUPAD-GIP) of DOLE and LGU-Tacurong, were presented to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and DOLE OIC-Regional Director Albert B. Gutib during the SPES orientation program on April 19, 2016 at the Tacurong City Sports and Cultural Center.

Also present to welcome the students were Ms. Arlene Bisnon, DOLE Provincial Head SK-Field Office, Councilor Ariel dela Cruz, Chairperson of SP Committee on Education, Maximo Casador and John Salinas, barangay captains of New Isabela and San Pablo respectively, and Kagawad Julius Lisa of Barangay Griño.

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In her message, the City Mayor welcomed the grantees and encouraged them to grab the opportunity to experience working for the government and serve the constituents. It was also during the program that the City Mayor and the DOLE OIC-Regional Director signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the 2016 SPES and the Memorandum of Understanding for the TUPAD-GIP.

Out of the 390 grantees, 150 are funded by Bottom-Up Budgeting while 240 are funded by DOLE and LGU-Tacurong. Each grantee will receive Php6,000 as salary for the duration of their summer employment.

The orientation proper was conducted by the City Human Resource Management Office through Mrs. Dianne Guadalupe. The grantees were taught the proper conduct befitting a civil servant, and they were familiarized with the rules and regulations governing their stay in the program.

The grantees will be assigned to the different offices of the local government of Tacurong City and its barangays. Some grantees will be assigned to the different national line agencies in the city such as the National Food Authority, DILG, and Commission on Audit. Others were accepted to the business establisments of the city such as Tacurong Fit Mart, Kimsan Plaza, and Swana Mercantile. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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LGU-Tacurong turns over P150k for Palm Arts Livelihood

From trash to cash.

A young livelihood organization in Tacurong City proved that there is money to be made in products made of unlikely materials, in this case, palm fronds and recyclable plastic.

That’s why on January 15, 2016, the City Government of Tacurong, through Hon. City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, turned over Php150,000 worth of funding to the SEA-K Palm Arts Association in the conference room of the Tacurong City Hall.

The said amount is a chunk of the Tacurong-LGU’s counterpart in the Bottom-Up Budgeting in 2015.

Present during the turn over were Livelihood Committee Chairman, City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon; DILG Operations Officer, Mr. Alberto Sero; City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Ms. Eufemia Robles; and members of the Palm Arts Association.

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The Palm Arts Association was organized in 2015 by the CSWD. Comprised of 30 members, they underwent skills training in crafts-making using palm fronds and other recycled materials such as egg shells and plastic materials. Today, the members are able to produce home decors and souvenirs among others, which they market and sell around Tacurong City. (Yen Robles, LGU-Information)

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Livelihood groups receive capital seed fund as 2015 BUB implementation closes

Capital seed fund worth Php4.3 million from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was distributed among fifteen livelihood groups in Tacurong during the closing program of the 2015 Bottom-Up Budgeting for Sustainable Livelihood Program (BUB-SLP) on July 28, 2015 at the Tacurong Cultural and Sports Center.

“We hope that you make use of these funds, not only to start your livelihood, but also to keep it going in order to improve the quality of your lives,” said DSWD Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha.

Each group is composed of 30 members coming from different sectors of the city, in particular the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. All groups underwent mandatory workshop and basic business management training in preparation for the said capital assistance. The livelihood groups were organized by LGU-Tacurong City, following the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran or SEA-K mechanism.

During the event, the City Social Welfare and Development Office also presented 218 graduates skills training under the BUB-SLP. Skills training included: consumer electronics, massage therapy, hair science and beauty culture, home care products making, and t-shirt printing. The top trainees of hair science and beauty culture received free start-up kits while all of consumer electronics trainees received their own free tool kits worth Php2,000.00 each. The massage therapy trainees were also provided with NC II certification from TESDA, after having passed the assessment.

A total of 653 recipients benefited from the BUB-SLP 2015 cycle.

Moreover, DSWD – XII and LGU – Tacurong City pledged assistance in finding employment for the skills training graduates.
The BUB-SLP 2015 cycle was implemented by LGU-Tacurong, in partnership with the DSWD and the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG).

Present during the event were City Mayor Lina Montilla, Regional Director Bai Zorahayda of DSWD- Region XII, Eufemia Robles of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), Alberto Sero of DILG – Tacurong, provincial coordinator Jonathan Mandi, and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon.

The Bottom-Up Budgeting program, also known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting, is an initiative of the DILG in partnership with other agencies such as DBM, DSWD, and NAPC among others. With BUB, citizen participation in governance is encouraged in order to directly identify and address the inequity, poverty and marginalization of the poor. Envisioned by the late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo, the BUB program stems from the right of citizens to participate in local governance as provided for by the 1987 Constitution with the Local Government Code of 1991 paving the means for the LGU to put such right into action. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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