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Persons who use drugs in Tacurong finished rehab

Second chances are not rare in Tacurong City. This was evidenced by the 287 PWUD (persons who use drugs) who graduated from the 16-week Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) of the city government.

These PWUDs are identified to have low to mild severity of drug- use.

This live-out rehab program was held in the barangays and began in October 2019 and ended in February 2020.

Facilitated by the City Health Office, the CBRP uses the Department of Health’s framework called MIOP or Matrix on Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Stimulant-Use Disorder.

According to Ms. Risa Abejero, CBRP Program Manager, the rehabilitation included individual sessions and group dynamics, values formation, family education, drug testing, and relapse prevention group sessions.

Aside from the DOH, other partner agencies that were critical to the CBRP’s success were DSWD, DepEd, DILG, Tacurong PNP, and Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) as representative of the inter-faith sector.

The graduation ceremony of the PWUDs, now called the “Reformed”, was held on February 28 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla was present to personally congratulate the graduates and welcome them back to society.

Also present were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Health Officer, Dr.Giovanni Deles; Victoria Dolido, City Local Government Operations Officer; PLTCOL REY EGOS, Chief of Police of Tacurong City PNP; Ms. Mary Jane Hoksuan, DOLE SK Field Officer; Atty. Michelle Anne Viejo, legal officer of DILG Region XII; IA1 Ranier Narciso of PDEA Sultan Kudarat; Rev. Fr. Allen I. Polaron, DCC of UBAS, and barangay captains and their officials.

A day before graduation, the Reformed attended a recollection activity with Rev. Fr. Zaldy R. Robles, DCC as the facilitator.

Graduates of the previous community-rehabilitation program, which was known as TaTaPPP, also received during the graduation ceremony their livelihood starter kits provided by the city government and DOLE. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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Standing Committees Members 2019

Tacurong’s Sanggunian creates its standing committees Members of the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong City, in their second regular session, created twenty-three standing committees tasked to legislate or take action on matters within the scope of their functions. City Councilor Remo Flores proposed the resolution for the creation of the committees, subsequently approved by the Sanggunian members during their session on July 10, 2019 presided by Councilor Lalaine Montilla.

Vice Mayor Lino Montilla temporarily relinquished his duty as presiding officer of the council’s session as he was acting as OIC local chief executive in the absence of Mayor Angelo Montilla who is in Manila attending the DILG’s mentoring program for newly elected officials. Along with the creation of the standing committees, the Sanggunian also filled up the chairmanship, vice chairmanship, and membership of each committee. Councilor Montilla will take over the reins of two committees: Committee on Tourism, Mass Media, Information and Communication as well as Committee on Education, Women/Children, and Gender and Development. Meanwhile, Councilor Charito Collado will take over the Committee on Rules and Privileges and the Committee on Social Welfare/Senior Citizens and Differently-abled Persons.

The chairmanship of the Committee on Land Utilization, Housing, Urban and Rural Development and Committee on Good Government, Human Rights and Civil Service will go to Councilor Geronimo Arzagon, while Committee on Finance, Appropriations, Ways and Means and Committee on Economic Enterprise will go to Councilor Remo Flores. Councilor Lino Ledda takes over the Committee on Transportation as well as the Committee on Peace & Order, Public Safety and Anti-Drug Abuse. The Committee on General Services and Property Management will be chaired by Councilor Bernardino Umadhay, Jr., while Committee on Agriculture & Fisheries, Cooperative/Livelihood/People’s Participation, and NGO Accreditation will be headed by Councilor Welson Ferrer.

Councilor Maximo Casador gets the Committee on Laws, Ordinances, and Ethics or the Blue Ribbon Committee as well as the Committee on Games and Amusements. Furthermore, Councilor David Salazar takes over the reins of the Committee on Trade & Industry and Labor & Employment as well as the Committee on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources. The Committee on Power, Energy & Public Utilities and Committee on Population, Science & Technology will go to Councilor Carlos Borromeo Segura, while Liga ng mga Barangay President Amoilo Ortizo will head the Committee on Barangay Affairs as well as the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction Management. Sanggunian Kabataan Federation President Ma. Cristina Duadua will head the Committee on Youth and Sports Development. Finally, Vice Mayor Lino Montilla will chair the two remaining regular committees:

The Committee on Health Services, Sanitation & Nutrition and the Committee on Infrastructure & Public Works. (ASF, LGU Information)

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New First Aid Kits and Folding Beds for Tacurong City

New first aid kits were shared with all the different offices of LGU-Tacurong while 10 folding beds were given to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) during the flag raising ceremony on November 2, 2015 held in front of the Tacurong City Hall.

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, together with the City Health Officer, Dr. Giovanni D. Deles, personally handed over the items to the different heads of offices.

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The said medical kits and supplies were part of the P500 thousand worth of prizes won by the City Government of Tacurong during the Champions for Health Governance Awards held last May 29, 2015 in Greenhills, San Juan. The city was among the only 5 winners of the said award among the 60 LGU entries from all over the country.

The first aid kits will also be given to all the barangays in the city while the rest will add to the existing supplies of the City Health Services Office.

Aside from the P500 thousand worth of medical supplies, the city also received P100 thousand in cash.(Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

Learn more about the CHG award here.

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