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LGU, stakeholders hold outreach program at evacuation camp in Makilala

11.06.2019 | Amid the depressing condition and fear of another earthquake, 383 families who abandoned their ravaged homes in Barangay Cabilao, Makilala strive to survive the difficult daily grind inside the evacuation camp.

Food, water, medicines, toiletries are some of the necessities they need to survive and right now, they are heavily dependent on any help given to them.

Today, they were given another ray of hope as additional help arrived, and this time from the people of Tacurong City.

And the help from Tacurongnons came in bunches too.

More than 20 vehicles from The City of Goodwill arrived at the Boys Scout Camp in Barangay Bulatukan where 383 families from Cabilao built temporary tent shelters.

Evacuees from Cabilao were adopted by Tacurong for its outreach program since they were also the same families assisted by the Tacurong City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) and rescue teams headed by LDRRM Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon when they fled their homes on October 31.

A thousand packed food and non-food items were loaded in dumptrucks along with sacks of assorted clothes, 13 rolls of laminated sacks (trapal), and three rolls of thermal foil foam insulations that can be used as bed.

Many of the relief goods came from donations of individuals and groups in Tacurong.

Mayor Angelo Montilla led the city hall employees and other stakeholders in the roll-out of various services.

The two doctors of the city hall were joined by four others from Sultan Kudarat Medical Society in providing medical consultations to 150 patients who also received their needed medicines.

Personnel of City Health Office were joined by nurses from Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) in the medical services.

Four dentists from Philippine Dental Association-SK Chapter and one from the PNP also did tooth extractions for 84 individuals.

Psychometricians, psychologists, and guidance counselors from the LGU, Department of Education (DepEd), and Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology (SMIT) also provided psycho-social services to kids and other adults.

The Tacurong City Employees Association, Rotaract Talakudong, and Tacurong’s Mutya winners also facilitated games for kids.

Meanwhile, ten members of the city’s LGBTQ group of Makasining Lahi provided free haircut to more than 300 persons at the camp.

Other partners who joined in the relief goods distribution included the following: Tacurong Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bureau of Fire Protection, Tacurong PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection, Joint Task Force Talakudong, 1st Mechanized Brigade of Philippine Army, Rotary Club of Tacurong, Tacurong Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, SKSU Tacurong and Isulan Campuses, and the Barangay Council of Rajah Muda.

Cabilao Punong Barangay Anna Lee Villas thanked Tacurong City profusely for the assistance they received saying it was one of the most complete services that they received so far.

She said that the help they are getting from donors and volunteers keeps them stronger to survive their stay at the camp. (ASF, LGU Tacurong Information)

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NDT High School Alumni Batch 90 joins City Hall sa Barangay

More than a hundred alumni of Notre Dame of Tacurong High School Batch 1990 trooped to Barangay EJC Montilla to join the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong in the City Hall sa Barangay project on July 10, 2015, pioneering what could be the start of partnership with graduates desiring to give something back to their hometown.

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The partnership in the city’s outreach program was one of the activities of graduates of Notre Dame of Tacurong for Boys and Girls in time with their 25th Alumni Homecoming.

As sponsor of the LGU in the conduct of the project, Batch 90 provided a counterpart fund of P20,000.00 used in the purchase of medicines and vitamins for the medical services.

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar and Dr. Jocelyn Tacot-Tadena, two of the batch members, joined the city’s medical staff in the conduct of free consultations and check-up while Dr. Gil Orpiano served in the dental services. Other batch members assisted in various LGU services.

Three sacks of rice and several packs of grocery items were also raffled to the clients as part of the alumni’s activity. The batch also provided a lechon (roast pork) for lunch of the LGU working committees.

According to City Administrator Eduardo Nicolo, more than 800 hundred residents of EJC Montilla benefited from the City Hall sa Barangay project. More than fifty percent of the total number of clients availed of the medical and dental services.

Several batch members expressed their admiration on how systematic the project was being undertaken. The school gym of Maria Montilla Elementary School was virtually converted into a city hall where each office had its own working area.

Renee Rose Ebon-Cuento, a US-based Tacurongnon, said she was amazed at the smoothness of how the services were extended to the clients. “Everything was organized. In the dental services for example, all the tools were in place and the dentists have their efficient assistants too. It’s as if you’re inside a dental clinic”, she said. Joining the City Hall sa Barangay project was an amazing experience for me”.

Mayor Lina Montilla lauded Batch 90’s partnership in the project. “This could just be the beginning of several partnerships not only with Batch 90 but with other alumni batches too”, Mayor Montilla said.

City Hall sa Barangay, also dubbed mobile city hall, aims to bring the services of the LGU closer to the people especially in the countryside. Started in 2011, the project is one of the best practices of the LGU and has already been replicated by other LGUs like Koronadal City. (Allan Freno, LGU Tacurong City)

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