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LGU Tacurong recognizes 2nd Centenarian Awardee for 2022

The Local Government Unit awards yet another P100,000 cash incentive to Mr. Bernardo Bating Francisco, a World War II veteran and the 2nd Centenarian Awardee for 2022. 

Born on August 20, 1921, Bernardo lived his early years serving his country; he joined the Philippine Guerilla at the age of twenty (20) against the Japanese Imperial Army when World War II broke out and became a member of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). 

In 1946, he was enlisted in the Philippine Army until 1949 where he was honorably discharged and settled life of a civilian. He was married to Natividad Rael in 1950 and was blessed with five(5) children: Gerardo, Nelly, Melinde, Rozelle, and Ronnie; eight(8) grandchildren and five(5) great-grandchildren. 

Like the reason of many early migrants in Mindanao, Lolo Fransing sought greener pasture in the Land of Promise in 1951 with his wife and friend and settled in Barangay Tacurong, Buluan, South Cotabato. 

Mr. Francisco spent his time in Tacurong as an active member of the community. He was part of Tacurong Police Force under the administration of then-Mayor, Jose Escribano, he was a Barangay Councilor for 2 Terms and a Board of Director of Baras for the Tacurong Communal Irrigation Association (TCIA). 

Mayor Lino Montilla personally gave him the P100,000 cash when he visited his house in Barangay Baras last January 19, 2022, and explains how Lolo Fransing is an inspiration to all, for he has achieved what others can only dream about. Lolo Francing lived his life away from vices and a bad lifestyle which was his secret to achieving his most recent milestone. 

The P100,000 cash is the LGU’s counterpart in addition to the same amount given by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) via the Centenarians Act of 2016. Bernardo is the 12th centenarian recognized by the city since the enactment of RA 10868 in 2016 and the 3rd to receive the LGU’s P100k counterpart since its inception in 2020. Lolo Fransing’s Award was delayed due to gathering restrictions and the height of the pandemic last year. (EDB, LGUTac-Info)

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Top Business Taxpayers in Tacurong named

Recognizing their earnest efforts to duly comply their tax obligations promptly, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong has identified 20 business establishments with highest paid taxes for the year 2021 and awarded them as Outstanding Business Taxpayers.

The recognition was conferred by City Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Treasurer Jessie Batchar, and Assistant City Treasurer Dr. Romulo Paclibar during the 21st Cityhood Anniversary and Talakudong Festival, September 18, 2021.

Emerging as the Most Outstanding Business Taxpayer was the Sanford Marketing Corporation or SaveMore with P2.3-million worth of paid taxes, followed by St. Louis Hospital and SWANA Mercantile Incorporated at 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

Alongside this, LGU-Tacurong also acknowledged 5 Barangays with Highest Real Property Tax Collection for 2020.

The respective Top 5 were Barangay Poblacion, New Carmen, New Passi, San Pablo, and Buenaflor.

In return to their diligence in fulfilling their responsibilities, the City Government of Tacurong ensures that their taxes are managed properly.

These taxes greatly constitute to the economy of the city and funds that are used on progress developments such in health and infrastructure. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)

For the complete list of the Outstanding Business Taxpayers, here are the Top 20:

  1. Sanford Marketing Corporation
  2. Louis Hospital
  3. SWANA Mercantile Incorporated
  4. Tomboc-Salayog Hospital
  5. Citihardware Mindanao, Incorporated
  6. Tacurong Fit Mart Incorporated
  7. Mercury Drug Corporation-Ledesma Branch
  8. Mercury Drug Corporation-Alunan Highway Branch
  9. Mercury Drug Corporation-Bonifacio Branch
  10. Land Bank of the Philippines
  11. Mercury Drug Corporation-Buenaflor Branch
  12. Unite General Merchandise Incorporated
  13. Marbel Universal Trading incorporated
  14. KIMSAN Plaza Corporation
  15. Supreme Choice Integrated Farm Incorporated
  16. EMCOR Incorporated
  17. Quijano Clinic and Hospital Incorporated
  18. Sandig Medical Clinic and Hospital
  19. Fresh N’ Famous Foods Incorprated Greenwich Tacurong
  20. Talakudong Foods Corporation


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Tebow Cure Hospital patuloy ang pagtulong sa mga PWDs sa Tacurong

Isang hakbang para patuloy na makatanggap ng Sponsored Operations ang mga kabataang kabilang sa Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) sa lungsod, ang Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Tacurong, sa papmamagitan ng City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD), ay patuloy na nakikipagtulungan sa isang espeyalistang medikal na institusyon, ang Tebow Cure Hospital (TCH).

Pinasinayaan nitong Martes, Setyembre 7, 2021, nina Alkalde Lino O. Montilla at Bise Alklade Hon. Lalaine J. Montilla, ang isang Community Outreach ng nasabing hospital kung saan inilatag dito sa isang oryentasyon ang mga programa at mga serbisyo nito para sa mga PWDs.

Pinag-usapan din dito ang mga paraan nang pakikipag-ugnayan ng THC sa iba’t ibang ahensya para mapasailalim sa libreng operasyon ang mga bata.

Isa sa mga nabanggit na ahensyang kaakibat ng THC ay ang Smile Train na nagbibigay ng libreng Cleft Lip at Palate Surgeries.

Bukod dito, ibinahagi rin ng Director of Hospital and Field Work Operations, Rosemarie Baco, kung saan nagsimula ang THC at kung gaano na kalawak ang nagawa nitong pagtulong mula noon.

Dito sa lungsod, isa sa mga pagpapatunay ng kanilang kawanggawa ay ang kamakailan lang na pagpapaopera nitong nakaraang taon kay Ara Jane Ablan, isang batang PWD na ipinanganak na baliktad ang mga binti.

Dahil sa TBC, ang mga binti ni Ara ay naituwid at ngayon ay normal nang nararanasan ni Ara ang pagiging bata ang pagdadalaga.

Napapabilang sa Pantawid Pampamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) si Ara at ang kanyang pamilya at isa ito sa mga naging daan para matagpuan siya ng TCH at mapunan ang kanyang mga pangangailangan.

Ninanais ng TCH na pag-igtingin pa ang ugnayan nito sa mga lokal na pamahalaan, hindi lamang sa lungsod ng Tacurong pati na rin sa buong probinsiya at rehiyon, sa pamamagitan ng mga Local Social Welfare and Development Offices para na rin mas mapadali ang pagpapaabot nila ng kanilang serbisyo at programa sa mga PWDs.

Kasama rin sa mga dumalo sa pagtitipong ito ang CSWDO na inirepresenta ni Bb. Nancy Bawe kasama ang iilang kawani nito, mga Punong Barangay ng lungsod, Community-based Volunteers for Disabled Person (CBVRDP), Barangay Health Workers, at mga kawani mula sa City Health Office. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)

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Pfizer vaccine now available in Tacurong

Pfizer jabs are now available in Tacurong as 780 vials of this much-anticipated vaccine, branded as “COMIRNATY”, have finally been delivered in the city from the Department of Health (DOH), Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Entailing its arrival in the city is the recent procurement of 2 sub-zero freezers by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong that will be utilized as a repository for temperature-sensitive vaccines.


City Mayor Lino O. Montilla prioritized the purchase of the said freezers to meet the condition the DOH has specified for Pfizer vaccines that require -90 to -60 degree Celsius of storage temperature.


Mayor Lino’s move to acquire these aforementioned repositories is also for Tacurong to start receiving allotment of in-demand anti-COVID-19 shots such as Pfizer and Moderna.

For this batch of Pfizer vaccine, the remaining A1-A3 Priority Groups in the city will be administered with their 1st and 2nd dose. As each vial can serve 6 doses, the City Vaccination Team projects 2,340 individuals to be fully-vaccinated with COMIRNATY on this current shipment.


COMIRNATY has 28 days of shelf life inside the Bio-refrigerator once thawed from the sub-zero freezers. Its thawing process takes up to 3 hours in room temperature or 2 hours inside the Ice-lined Refrigerator.


These vaccines were shipped from the DOH-Central Office in Luzon and were directly transported to the city from Cotabato Airport by the representatives and Regional Immunization Manager Dr. Edvir Jane S. Montañer of DOH-Region 12.

Additionally, Dr. Mercedes Manansala, DOH-Sultan Kudarat Representative, facilitated the acquisition of these vaccines. Meanwhile, Dr. Emmelyn Buenacosa-Nepucpan, City Vaccination Team-Head, monitored the dispatch of the supplies in the vaccination site.


This makes Tacurong the first LGU in Sultan Kudarat Province to receive Pfizer-manufactured inoculations. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)





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LGU-Tacurong takes on POPCOM’s “Challenge” to curb teenage pregnancies

To abate the prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the city, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong joins in “The Challenge Initiative” (TCI) of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) and Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF).


TCI aims to capacitate various LGUs to deliver interventions on issues surrounding the Sexual and Reproductive Health of their Adolescent Population through employing relevant approaches. This also corresponds to Executive Order No. 141 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte mandating the prioritization of implementations to address teenage pregnancy cases in the country.


In a virtual meeting on August 18, 2021, LGU-Tacurong and POPCOM exchanged discourse on the rate of Adolescent Pregnancies and Live Births on age groups 10-14 years old and 15-19 years old in the city.


According to the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), Tacurong has the 3rd Highest Pregnancy Rate among adolescents aged 15-19 years old in Region 12.


Additionally, the recorded number of teenage pregnancies in the city from January 2021 to June 2021 is already at 78.

With these data on hand, LGU-Tacurong is steadfast in performing necessary undertakings to alleviate adolescent pregnancy and childbirth.


A City Leadership Team (CLT) centered on resolving these concerns was established and spearheaded by City Mayor Lino O. Montilla.


LGU-Tacurong will also enter and ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with POPCOM to further strengthen the implementation of programs to mitigate teenage pregnancies in the city.


Through this partnership with POPCOM, more elaborate and specific methodologies will be carried out by LGU-Tacurong in reducing these problems.


Mayor Montilla, as well as the other heads of offices of the LGU, also ensured their full commitment, participation, and support on this endeavor.


POPCOM Region 12, with the leadership of Regional Director Edwin Mateo Quijano, also guaranteed to assist and guide LGU-Tacurong in materializing its vision towards eradicating teenage pregnancy in the city.


Participating offices of the LGU on the virtual meeting were the City Mayor’s Office, City Administrator’s Office headed by Toni Ann Suboc, Office of City Health Services represented by Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Miriam Roco, City Social Welfare and Development Office with its Population Program Officer I Jesus I. Hinayhinay, and City Planning and Development Coordinating Office and its Head Officer Amelia A. Bochorno. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)


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