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Misa ng Pasasalamat sa ika-70 anyos ng Tacurong, idinaos

Bilang paggunita sa ika-70 anyos mula nang maging munisipyo ang Tacurong, isang Misa ng Pasasalamat na pinangasiwaan nina Rev. Fr. Allen L. Polaron, DCC at Rev. Fr. Andrean P. Francisco, DCC, ang inialay nito mismong Anibersayo ng Pagkakatatag, Agosto 3, 2021.


Kasama ang temang “Kabakud kag paghiliusa sa tunga sang mga hangkat sang pandemya”, binigyang diin ng mga pari mula sa Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria na ang pandemyang hatid ng COVID-19 ay isang pagsubok lamang mula sa Maykapal at isang paraan para tayo ay maging matatag at magkaisa sa likod ng mga hamon nitong dala.

Ipinapaalala nila na ang ating paniniwala at pananampalataya sa Diyos, kasama na ang pagsunod sa mga alituntuning itinakda ng ating gobyerno para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit, at lalong-lalo na ang pagpapabakuna kontra COVID-19 ang mga tanging paraan lamang na makakapag-alis sa atin mula sa suliraning ito.


Ipinagdasal din at pinasalamatan ang mga yumaong lideres ng syudad na siyang nagserbisyo’t nag-umpisa ng kaayusan lalong-lalo na ang kamakailan lang pumanaw na Alkalde ng Tacurong, Hon. Angelo “Roncal” O. Montilla, at ang mga Punong Barangay ng Brgy. Calean at Brgy. Tina, Hon. Nelson Pampag at Hon. Ma. Lourdes Bogador.

Dumalo sa pagdiriwang ang mga opisyales ng lungsod at mga barangay na pinangunahan ng kasalukuyang Alkalde, Hon. Lino O. Montilla, at Bise Alkalde, Hon. Lalaine J. Montilla, kasama na rin ang Sangguniang Kabataan Federation ng syudad at mga empleyado ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Tacurong. Nagpaunlak din ng kanyang presensya at nakibahagi sa misa ang dating Alkalde ng Tacurong, Hon. Lina O. Montilla.


Ang nasabing Misa ng Pasasalamat ay inipinalabas din bilang livestream sa Facebook Page ng lungsod para makasali rin sa selebrasyon ng salita ng Diyos ang mga residente ng Tacurong sa kani-kanilang mga sariling tahanan. (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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LGU raises 2022 Peace and Order and Public Safety budget to P72.18M

Assuring the public that maintaining peace remains at the forefront of priorities, the Local government Unit of Tacurong City earmarked P72.18 million for its Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Programs intended for next year, increasing the budget by 20.7 per cent compared to the current year’s P57.22 million.

The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), chaired by Mayor Lino Montilla, approved the POPS budget during its joint semi-virtual meeting with the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRMC) on June 30, 2021.

Peacekeeping, Mobilization, and Logistics Support Programs get the lion share of the budget at P15 million, while the Security Support Program intended for operations of Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance Agents (EORA) and Barangay Tanods receives P10.5 million funds.

The operation of LGU-funded Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) also gets P4 million budget for next year.

To bolster the operations of its Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) system that is already in place, the LGU allocated an additional P4 million for video surveillance.

Meanwhile, to boost its Public Safety Program, specifically on Traffic Enforcement, the LGU set aside P6 million budget.

Mayor Montilla said that while our focus is set on COVID-19 responses, programs on peace and order and public safety do not need to take a back seat role.

“We just need to balance our interventions for all the programs we need to address,” Mayor Montilla said. “Dealing with our programs on peace and order is as important as addressing the health crisis currently engulfing us.”

City Planning and Development Coordinator Amelia Bochorno, who presented the POPS budget to the CPOC, said that the budget is set to be included in the LGU’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for 2022. (ASFreno, LGU Information)



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PSA launches Fixed Nat’l ID Registration Center in Tacurong

To firm up the support and harbor more registrants for the Philippine or National Identification System (PhilSys), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) turned over to Sultan Kudarat (SK) Province a fully-furnished Fixed Registration Center situated in Doña Aurora St., Brgy. Poblacion, Tacurong City.

The PhilSys enrollment site houses 5 glass-enclosed booths with equipment readily programmed to capture biometrics and information for PhilSys. It can also cater a minimum of 45 transactions each day considering the tedious process of each registration.

PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa, Ph. D personally led the ribbon cutting to the ceremonial launching of the registration center on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The event, dubbed with the slogan #IDNatin, was also graced by the representatives of Sultan Kudarat Governor Suharto “Teng” Mangudadatu, Ph. D and Tacurong City Mayor Lino O. Montilla.

USec Mapa discussed how their agency relentlessly performed for the past three years to bring the National ID System at the forefront of the country’s development. He also exuberantly conveyed that as of June 20, 2021, the PSA has recorded 37 Million Step 1 registrants and 14 Million Step 2 registrants for the PhilSys.

Moreover, Executive Assistant to Mayor Montilla, Rogelio Garcia, recalled his personal accounts of when he was in Qatar and of how beneficial the National ID System is to that country. He also expressed his excitement over what the PhilSys has in store for the Philippines and even for the City of Goodwill. He also took pride on how receptive and cooperative of the PhilSys the people of Tacurong are.

Witnessing the program in flesh were PSA RSSO-XII Regional Director Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, PSA RSSO-BARMM OIC-Regional Director Engr. Naser S. Usman, SK Province Chief Statistical Specialist Herlita G. Caraan, President Quirino OIC-Mayor Ma. Katrina Sandigan, and Representative to Governor, Alfonso Dimasuay. Meanwhile, the heads of the Local Registry Offices from the province joined virtually through Google Meet.

With a more accessible registration center on erect in the city, more individuals can walk in and have themselves listed for PhilSys.

However, due to the current General Community Quarantine classification of the province, registration has been stalled until further notice. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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