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Tulay na proyekto ng DPWH sa Brgy. EJC Montilla, sinisimulan nang isemento

Sinisimulan na ang pagsesemento sa Kidapawan – Allah Junction Road Bridge o mas kilala bilang tulay sa Brgy. EJC Montilla, na madalas na ring mabansagang “Little Dubai” dahil sa alikabok nitong dala sa mga dumaraan dito.


Matatandaang noong 2018 pa naumpisahang gawin ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ang nasabing tulay at higit 3 taon nang naghihintay ang biyaherong bumabaybay nito, lalong-lalo na ang mga labas-pasok sa Lungsod ng Tacurong, na maisaayos na ang isinisagawang tulay.

Dahil dumaraan pa sa “Phasing” at naghihintay pa ng sapat na pondo ang DPWH para sa proyekto nilang ito, ngayon lang muli naisakatuparan ang pagpapatuloy sa paggawa at pagsesemento nito.


Mayroong kabuuang P29 milyong pondo ang nakalaan para sa tulay at kasali sa laang-gugulin ang pagsesemento ng 4 na hanay ng daanan, paglalagay ng solar lights at solar studs, at ang pagtatayo ng riprap sa mga gilid nito upang mapanatiling ligtas ito.


Inaasahang sa 1st Quarter ng susunod na taon tuluyang makukumpleto ang tulay at mailalagay ang mga kaukulang bahagi nito.

Ang implementasyon ng proyektong ito ay tanging DPWH lamang ang humahawak at ang Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Tacurong ay walang kontrol at pasya rito. Ngunit, alam ng lokal na pamahalaan kung gaano kahaba ang proseso ng bawat proyekto ng DPWH.


Kung kaya’t, ninanais ng lokal na pamahalan, lalo na ng yumaong Alkalde Hon. Angelo O. Montilla, na kung maaari, ang mga susunod na proyekto ng DPWH sa lungsod ay lokal na pamahalaan mismo ang magpatupad at magsagawa gamit ang mga sarili nitong kagamitan at heavy equipments. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)


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Tacurongnons pour hearts out as Mayor Roncal laid to rest

Revered and will always be remembered — if the respect and affection of Tacurongnons for the late City Mayor Angelo “Roncal” O. Montilla could be put into words, this is how they’ll be conveyed.


Forty days after Mayor Roncal succumbed to COVID-19, the City Government of Tacurong offered him a Funeral Mass and Necrological Services on July 16, 2021. His urn of ashes was then convoyed around the 20 barangays of the city so the people could pay him reverence for the last time.

These undertakings, albeit long-overdue since his passing on June 6, 2021 because of the prevailing community quarantine restrictions, still pushed through with anticipation from the populace and much that of Mayor Roncal’s fervent supporters.


In the interim of his burial rites and procession, even with the technical issues and the outpour of rain, the love and appreciation of Tacurongnons towards Mayor Roncal didn’t falter.

The people of Goodwill, institutions, and agencies still tuned in to Facebook however terrible the livestream’s audio was during the mass and necro service.


Likewise, patience reigned over as they awaited Mayor Roncal’s remains to reach their barangays. They even took time to set up mini altars, tarpaulins, candles, and ribbons along the motorcade’s route.

Most of all, once the float arrived in their areas, the public saluted Mayor Roncal’s remains as though he really was there in the flesh.


With this inconsolable loss, even the tiniest touch of uplifting could spark comfort to the ones left behind.


“Toto Roncal is at peace now because he was baptized in Christ,” Most Reverend Angelito R. Lampon, OMI, DD, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, reassured as he, alongside 11 other priests, officiated the Funeral Mass and the blessing of Mayor Roncal’s urn and ashes.

On the other hand, Mayor Roncal’s trials and tribulations were retold by his firstborn, Kristine Angelie Montilla, during the Necrological Services.


Kristine tearfully recalled how a crime her father took no role in had stolen away 15 years of togetherness from them.


But amid his suffering, nothing had ever taken away Roncal’s legacies especially the pinnacle of it all – he was the key to the cityhood of the once-municipal town of Tacurong.

More so, his younger brother, incumbent City Mayor Lino O. Montilla, as well as his friends and Executive Assistants, Rogelio Garcia and Elma Bides, also uttered their recollections of Mayor Roncal’s part in their lives.


The League of the Cities of the Philippines (LCP) National President Hon. Evelio Leonardia and Koronadal City Mayor Hon. Eliordo Ogena also expressed their profound sympathies.


Succeeding these tributes, the Sangguinang Panlungsod (SP) of Tacurong presented the bereaved family with an SP Resolution honoring Mayor Roncal. The Mass Card from the Office of President Rodrigo Duterte was also handed over. Then, it was finally Mayor Roncal’s wife, former City First Lady Cora Montilla’s, turn to speak her piece.

“In the name of Toto Roncal, thank you to all the people of Tacurong who supported him when he first became a mayor in 1988, when he became a congressman, and even until now that he returned to serve our city,” Cora pronounced.


She then sought for Mayor Roncal’s guidance.


“Continue to guide and guard us, your family, at all times. Watch over Toto Lino so he could deliver all your visions for your beloved Tacurong and look after the people of the city who dearly loved you,” Cora added as she finally closes her eulogy with Mayor Roncal’s tagline, “Ugyon, Yuhom, Tahom, Tacurong. Ciudad ko, Palangga ko!”

When all these homage to Mayor Roncal concluded, the motorcade of his urn and ashes commenced by 10:30 AM.


A Water-Gun Salute from the Bureau of Fire Protection hailed Mayor Roncal’s fleet before it went on.

For more than 6 hours under the fickle weather of heat and rain, Mayor Roncal’s remains finally reached its resting place just few minutes past of 4:00 PM.


A final blessing was rendered for his interment. Green and white balloons were freed to the sky and white roses were placed inside Mayor Roncal’s tomb at the Montilla Compound Mausoleum.


At last, Mayor Roncal was laid to rest.

His departure might have been painful and unexpected, but it will never be in vain for he has shown Tacurong that even when he was vulnerable to the virus, he selflessly stood in the frontlines because that’s the kind of leader the city needs and deserves.


He may be gone but the legacies and contributions he left behind are eternally tattooed in our lives and Tacurong City itself. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)

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Brgy. Upper Katungal opens new barangay hall

Capping off the series of progressive constructions, Brgy. Upper Katungal has finally inaugurated its newly-completed barangay hall in Prk. Silangan, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.


The two-story structure is a local initiative of the City Government of Tacurong with a total funding of P2.7 million from the City Support Fund. Its completion was mostly prioritized under the administration of the late City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla.

Aside from the hall, Brgy. Upper Katungal also sports a new Multi-Purpose Building valued at P1.2 million from their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).


Moreover, Executive Assistant Rogelio Garcia represented City Mayor Lino O. Montilla and also led the ribbon cutting of the grand opening along with Punong Barangay Joey P. Columbres.


Garcia also relayed Mayor Lino’s words of gratitude and commendation for the collaborative efforts of the various partner-stakeholders to materialize this undertaking for Brgy. Upper Katungal. On his message, Mayor Lino also conveyed that he felt as though the late Mayor Angelo was just behind him, happily seeing Brgy. Katungal prosper with these additional constructions.

Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Diosdado Esguerra, DCC officiated the blessing of the infrastructures and of the elf truck that Brgy. Upper Katungal acquired from the Department of Agrarian Reform – Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (DAR-Italian).

Also taking part to the program were the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Jacinta Fabale, City Engineer Catherine E. Leguro, City Planning and Development Coordinating Officer Amelia A. Bochorno, Bgry. Upper Katungal officials and Lupon Tagapamayapa, and other esteemed guests. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)



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600 add’l. solar streetlights to give Tacurong a new kind of bright

A new kind of bright – this is what the 600 additional solar-powered streetlights will bring to the once-obscure thoroughfares of Tacurong City.

For traversing motorists across Tacurong, this means that the stretches of the national highways of the city down the Kidapawan-Allah Junction and Dulawan-Marbel Road will be immersed in a better illuminance and a much clearer street-view.

Recently, the City Government of Tacurong already started laying out this Solar Streetlights Project.


Along the Kidapawan-Allah Junction that covers the barangays of San Emmanuel, San Pablo, Poblacion, New Isabela, Buenaflor, and EJC Montilla, the installation of these solar lampposts is 80% underway.

Meanwhile, encompassing the barangays of San Antonio, Griño, San Pablo, New Carmen, Kalandagan, and some parts of Poblacion, 20% of the illuminations have already been mounted on the side lanes of Dulawan – Marbel Road.

Each solar streetlight is consists of a solar panel and a 120-watt LED solar lighting lamp with an integrated LiPo4 battery, clamped to a 25-feet utility pole that’s erected on a column footing.


Moreover, the city government received 50 Million Pesos for this project from the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Finance under the Local Government Support Fund-Other Financial Assistance.

This undertaking is one of the flagship programs of the late City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla and is also a complementary project to the existing 16-Million Solar Streetlight Project.


It was Mayor Angelo’s initiative to seek funding assistance from the national government through the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go. His request was later on approved by President Rodrigo Duterte and is finally taking shape these days. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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DPWH 12, LGU break ground on multi-purpose center

First among the twenty barangays of Tacurong City, a P5-million multi-purpose center or talipapa will soon erect at Prk. Pag-asa, Brgy. San Pablo following the groundbreaking and blessing ceremony of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong, May 3, 2021.

This talipapa, for its Phase One, will house 12 meat stalls, 12 fish stalls, and 3 comfort rooms – one for each gender and one for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) – and could be expanded with 20 dry good stalls for its Phase Two.

Gracing the event with his Executive Secretary Rogelio Garcia and City First Lady Cora Montilla, City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla conveyed his gratitude to DPWH 12 and congratulated Rodolfo Jacob, Punong Barangay of Brgy. San Pablo, on this milestone. Mayor Montilla also stressed that the emergence of projects like this in the city is due to the people’s effort to unite amid the ranging differences.

In response, Prk. Pag-asa President Noralyn Bayan recognized the multitude of benefits the talipapa could grant the residents of the purok.

Further, Mayor Montilla and Engr. Fernando Mamalo, Jr. of DPWH 1st District Engineering Office led the ceremonial dropping of the capsule along with City Planning Development Coordinator Officer Amelia Bochorno, City General Services Officer Tomas Robles, City Engineering Office representative Engr. Teodolfo Cañoso, and Market Supervisor Roger Cerbo.

Rev. Fr. Salvador Robles, DCC officiated the blessing of the construction site. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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