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Agri Services Offices ushers “insects vs insect” approach to Hybrid Rice Farming in Brgy. New Passi

To incrementally ebb away from the presence of harmful chemical insecticides in Hybrid Rice Farming, the Office for the Agricultural Services of Tacurong has introduced to farmers in Brgy. New Passi the use of Biological Control Agents (Bio-con Agents) – an organic means of pest control with the aid of living organisms such as insects.
On a Field Day in the said site, Thursday, January 27, 2022, Rice Coordinator Amie D. Tomala elucidated this newly presented method of farming, citing that other than the use of chemical insecticides, there is a safe yet effective way of reducing the existence of pests by freeing their natural bug-eating enemy insects in the rice field.
One prime example of the Bio-con Agents is the Trichogramma japonicum, a tiny wasp best for targeting the eggs and larvae of rice stem borer.
Moreover, utilizing Biological Controls Agents does not only limit to releasing insects but also to cultivating pathogens such as fungi – e.g. Metarhizium – that directly cause diseases, not to the rice plant, but to the detrimental insect population.
Arnel A. Janoto, Farmer Cooperator in New Passi, is one of the pioneering farmers who have already tested the efficacy of the Bio-con Agents. According to him, it is not only safe for humans and plants but also for the “kaibigang kulisap” or beneficial insects in agriculture.
Arnel is on track to harvesting his rice plants with anticipation of a quality yield.
In support of the undertaking, City Councilor Lina O. Montilla graced the event in lieu of City Mayor Lino O. Montilla.
Councilor Lina conveyed that to further bolster the usage of Bio-con Agents in the city, the local government, through the Agri Services Office, is already on its way to opening its own building and laboratory for the cultivation and reproduction of the Bio-con Agent Trichogramma japonicum that will be widely distributed to the farmers in Tacurong for free.
Spearheading the activity, Agriculturist II Juliet S. Daut also stressed that this is just one move of their office to alleviate incurring additional expenses to the farmers from buying chemical insecticides by providing them with alternative farming techniques. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)
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Mga bahaing lugar sa Tacurong, nilibot ng MGB 12, LGU

Bilang hakbang sa pagpapataas ng kahandaan laban sa mga kalamidad katulad ng baha at pagguho ng lupa (landslide), ang Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Tacurong sa tulong ng City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) at Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XII (MGB 12) ay nagsagawa ng paglilibot at geotagging sa mga bahaing lugar sa Tacurong, Enero 3 hanggang Enero 25, 2022.
Ang geotagging ay isang makabagong paraan ng pagkilala ng katangian at pagbibigay ng datos sa iba’t ibang lugar sa mapa sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng modernong kagamitan katulad ng drone, kamera, at mga instrumentong mayroong Global Positioning System (GPS).
Pangunahing layunin ng aktibidad na ito ay upang madagdagan ng LGU at CDRRMO ang mga impormasyon nito tungkol sa mga lugar sa lungsod na maituturing na bahain at madaling gumuho sa panahon ng pag-ulan.
Pagkatapos ng paglilibot ng grupo sa 20 barangay ng Tacurong, ayon sa inisyal na obserbasyon ng Geologist II ng MGB 12, Tristan E. Dela Cruz, iilan sa mga barangay na napapabilang sa madaling gumuhong lugar sa lungsod ay ang Brgy. New Passi, Brgy. Lancheta, at Brgy. Kalandagan.
Samantala, isa naman sa mga madaling bahaing lugar ay ang Brgy. Rajah Muda.
Ang mga datos at impormasyon na nakalap ng LGU at MGB 12 ay gagawing basehan ng CDRRMO sa pagpapaigting ng kanilang serbisyo sa pagtugon sa mga sakuna at kalamidad.
Ang resulta rin ng gawaing ito ay magbibigay sa ating pamahalaan ng aktwal na sitwasyon ng ating lungsod upang makapaglaan ito ng pondo at mga programa para sa pag-iwas sa mga baha at pagguho ng lupa.
Bago naglibot ang grupo sa lungsod, nagsagawa muna ng isang courtesy visit ang mga kawani ng MGB 12 kay City Mayor Lino O. Montilla na siya namang nagbigay ng go-signal at suporta sa initiatibong ito.
Sa bawat barangay rin, isa-isa munang hiningi ang pahintulot ng bawat Punong Barangay bago naipatupad ang geotagging. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)
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3 young entreps score business starter kits from LGU-Tacurong

Three young local entrepreneurs forging their way to making a name for their chosen ventures just had more resources at their disposal as the City Government of Tacurong dispersed business starter kits to them Monday, January 24, 2022, at the City Hall Building ground floor.
Each representing a distinct industry from one another, the 3 youth entrepreneurs acquired various sets of kits – Earl S. Bepitel Jr. of Fashion Design and Dressmaking received sewing and edging machines, a mannequin, and other tailoring tools; John Rey B. Sazon of Beauty Salon for Men & Women accepted several make-up and parlor tools; and Niño B. Narciso of Welding, Steel Works & Metal Fabrication obtained several ironwork machines and equipment.
This awarding of starter kits was entailed by the 11th Tacurong Business Week last July 2021. Due to the setbacks brought by the pandemic, the processing and release of the kits were delayed. This is also the first time the LGU has procured these kinds of apparatus for the starter kits.
Further, from the 6 primarily identified beneficiaries, only 3 have passed the final evaluation.
This undertaking of LGU-Tacurong – under its “Sustaining Unlimited Livelihood Opportunities by Nurturing the Growth of the MSMEs of Tacurong” or SULONG initiative – is in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry -Sultan Kudarat Field Office, Sultan Kudarat SMED Council, and Small Business Corporation.
Via Zoom, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla congratulated and conveyed his anticipation of the recipients’ success as they continue their endeavors with these provisions from the city government. Meanwhile, Tourism Officer I Emmanuel K. Nicolo facilitated the in-person distribution of the starker kits. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)
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Hovering through the setbacks of the COVID-19 dilemma for 2 years, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla punctuated an economic outlook for Tacurong – by sustaining the city’s local economy through infrastructures and investors – in his 1st State of the City Address (SOCA) during the Formal Opening of the Regular Session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong, January 19, 2022.


Bent on optimizing the city’s economic growth, Mayor Lino believes that infrastructure buildup will boost job creations, employment, and constituents’ reception of services which will all later on fuel the economy of Tacurong to thrive amid the crisis.


After recounting the fluctuating COVID-19 crisis in the city and his avid call for vaccination and boosters, Mayor Lino then highlighted some of the ongoing constructions and developments he assumed and continued from the previous administration of the late City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla.


One of which is the People’s Dialysis & Diagnostic Center which is currently in its Phase 3 of completion.


Another is the Development of Pioneer or Veterans Avenue in Brgy. Poblacion for the benefit of all the TODAs in the city. It will also serve as one of the food stations in the city to help and encourage local vendors.


Underway also in the city is the Redevelopment of Magsaysay Park Project under the Green, Green, Green Program of the Department of Budget and Management that is already at 67 percent.


On the other hand, the thoroughfares of Tacurong are already well-lit with the near completion of the P50-million solar streetlight Mayor Angelo has started. This is accompanied by the center island project of the Department of Public Works and Highways that also provides brighter illumination to the national highways of the city.


Mayor Lino also stressed that to ramp up a better road experience for the motorists by alleviating traffic in the main district highways, the 13-kilometer East Bypass Road under the ROLL IT program of the Department of Trade and Industry is already at 52 percent.


This is coupled with the ongoing West Bypass Road Project concretion. Soon, there will be a circumferential road connecting the west and east bypass roads that will function as diversion roads for trucks and other heavy vehicles in the city.


Farm-to-market roads are also included in Mayor Lino’s checklist for development as the LGU continues to dispense annual city aid to our barangays for their road repair and concreting projects.


As for the LGU’s infrastructures in its vicinity, Mayor Lino has greenlighted additional funding for the remaining furnishes of the new Executive and Legislative Buildings.


Further, Mayor Lino stressed that one marker of the revival of the local economy is the booming business sector. In 2021, 2,504 business registrants were logged with 426 of these belonging to new registrations.


Mayor Lino also elatedly conveyed that Tacurong has taken in its arms bigger business entities such as the NCCC Davao which has begun setting up its Hypermarket behind Dragon Gasoline Complex in Brgy. New Isabela.


This is just in addition to the presence of Robinsons and Gaisano malls which have already acquired properties for their structures in the city as well as the looming possibility of SM Malls also entering Tacurong.


As for Mayor Lino’s self-initiative, on the progressive lookout are the installation of a Digital Traffic System; the formation of a Super Health Center to bolster the existing City Health Office; the creation in Brgy. Calean of an Eco-Tourism Park, as well as a 20-bed Balay Silangan as a temporary rehabilitation shelter for drug offenders; the construction of a 6-court badminton facility inside Tacurong Pilot Elementary School; and the placement of 270 solar panels on the roof of Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center intended for the whole city hall building’s power supply.


In conclusion to his SOCA, Mayor Lino articulated his earnest appreciation to SP Tacurong, his colleagues, the employees of the city government, all stakeholders, and most especially the people of Tacurong for the continued support and unity to the LGU and his leadership.


City Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the 8th SP Lalaine J. Montilla also responded to the Local Chief Executive’s statement by citing the existing Executive-Legislative Agenda or ELA which has assisted both branches to execute unified decisions towards the employment of better services and programs for Tacurongnons.

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LGU Awards 100k to 2022 Centenarian

Known to many of Tacurongnons as “Maam Canzana” the bright and cheerful teacher in Notre Dame of Tacurong, Gloria Montiague Canzana has been identified and awarded the first Centenarian for 2022. 

A mother of three (3) and grandmother to twenty-one (21), Lola Gloria took care of her health to great heights to reach the age of 100 years old Having achieved such a milestone, she is entitled to receive P100,000 cash incentive from the LGU Tacurong, made possible through the initiative of Mayor Lino O. Montilla. 

This P100,000 is on top of her cash incentive from the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the same amount mandated by RA 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016, which she has yet to receive. Mayor Montilla personally hands her the 100 thousand cash at her house last January 14, 2022. 

Vice Mayor Lalaine Montilla, Councilors Remo Flores, and Lino Ledda, employees of the LGU also tagged along to witness the event. Mrs. Canzana is the 13th centenarian recognized by the City since the enactment of RA 10868 in 2016 and the 2nd to receive the P100,000 cash from the LGU. (EDB, LGU-Info)

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