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LGU’s Valentine bloodletting fills 246 blood bags for Red Cross

Two hundred forty six (246) bags of blood will hike up the blood supply of Philippine Red Cross – Sultan Kudarat as the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong concluded its “Alay Dugo sa Araw ng mg Puso” bloodletting act on February 14, 2021, at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

While this figure has exceeded the LGU’s anticipation of 150 blood bag collection, the collected blood, however, will still undergo series of tests to pass as safe for blood transfusion and some will be properly discarded once screening results state otherwise.

The event was carried out as part of the Disaster Response and Disaster Preparedness to cater to the high volume demand of blood in the province amplified by the coronavirus pandemic. The bloodletting was also pushed through to compensate for the cancelled blood donation last year due to the current crisis.

LDRRM Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon expressed his appreciation to the supportive efforts of various individuals from Philippine Army 6O1st Infantry Brigade, First Mechanized Brigade, 40th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force – Talakudong, Bureau of Fire Protection – Tacurong, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Association of Barangay Council, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), City Schools Division of Tacurong, 4Ps beneficiaries, Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Tacurong Kampilan, ASEANA Marketing, LGBTQ+ Community, City Health Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), and civilians from different walks of life.

LGU-Tacurong, along with its partner-stakeholders, was able to prepare and distribute ‘arroz caldo’, ‘balut’, soft drinks, bread, and coffee for the replenishment of the donors’ energy after their blood extraction. Female donors have also received red roses at the venue in commemoration of Valentine’s Day. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)

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City Peace and Order Council Quarterly Meeting, August 8, 2019

The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), chaired by City Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ O. Montilla, convened on August 8, 2019 at the CDRRMC building. The council members in attendance included the Punong Barangays, representatives from the PNP, PDEA, JTF Talakudong, 33rd IB, BFP, BJMP, heads of LGU offices, and other public and private entities in the city.

Some of the issues discussed during the meeting included the consideration of the council to declare as Persona Non Grata the left wing rebel groups as pointed out in DILG Memorandum Circular 2018 – 211 and Executive Order No. 70; public roads clearing as per presidential directive during the 4th State of the Nation Address and as emphasized under DILG Memorandum Circular 2019 – 211; and the formal dissolution of the Civilian Volunteers Organization and recognition of the barangay tanod and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) as the only civilian peacekeeping forces allowed in the barangays as provided in the Local Government Code of 1991.

“If we do not follow these directives, we will be answerable to the President,” explained Montilla. “Let us do our jobs well.” The council is set to reconvene on August 16.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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PWDs in Tacurong Celebrate NDPR Week

PWDs in Tacurong celebrate NDPR Week with talent and skills showcase Differently abled persons in Tacurong City, also referred to as persons with disabilities (PWD), celebrated the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPR Week) by showcasing their talents and skills in a competition on 23 July 2019 at the CDRRMC building.

The PWD participants represented their barangay clusters and showed their talents in singing and dancing as well as the different skills they acquired through the trainings provided by the city government. Joliver Caupe, a visually impaired resident of Barangay San Pablo, bagged the first prize during the PWDs Got Talent while Luceno Aradanas of Barangay San Emmanuel won first place for the Best Skilled PWD for excelling in vulcanizing despite having an orthopedic disability.

This year’s NDPR Week celebration has the theme ” Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong may Kapansanan”. And indeed, in the City of Tacurong, the city government takes active responsibility in the upliftment of the economic and social conditions of the PWDs by providing them with skills training and livelihood, and organizing social activities that celebrate their roles in nation building.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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Public told not to panic in light of lockdown drill at ND Siena on Thursday

Authorities advise the public not to panic in view of the simulation exercise (SIMEX) on terrorism that will happen in the afternoon of November within Notre Dame Siena College of Tacurong on Thursday, November 29.

The exercise involves a school lockdown drill that aims to test the preparedness of security in responding to threats that will put the lives of civilians in danger.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office will collaborate with the Joint Task Force Talakudong in the conduct of SIMEX.

CDRRM Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon tells the public to keep calm in light of the scheduled lockdown drill.

“We ask for patience and understanding from those around the ND Siena. The lockdown drill is part of our local government’s preparedness initiative to fight terrorism”, Jamorabon said.

On November 25, authorities already conducted a SIMEX briefing to the participating security groups on how to play out the drill. (ASF-LGU Information)

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Tacurong CDRRMC wins regional Gawad Kalasag Award

The City of Tacurong is hailed as the 2018 Best Prepared City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) under the Component City Category.

City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon received the award during the conferment held on August 7, 2018 at Greenleaf Hotel in General Santos City. A cash prize amounting to P50 thousand was also given to the city government.

Gawad Kalasag (KAlamaidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is a presidential award given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector, and government organizations in recognition of their initiatives in helping the government uplift the standards of disaster management in the country.

It is a mechanism by which the NDRRMC advances awareness of the best practices of DRRM and humanitarian response in action.

Mayor Lina Montilla, who sits as CDRRMC Chairperson, said that the award is a product of years of improving the city’s disaster risk reduction management program.

“We want to keep on learning that is why we were always keeping tab on recommendations given to us during regional evaluations and subsequently acted on them”, Mayor Montilla said.

As regional winner, Tacurong CDRRMC will automatically be the region’s entry for the national award. (ASF-LGU Information)

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