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Tacurong Women Achievers 2021 – Frontliner Edition recognized

Lauded for their indomitable spirit of service amid the COVID-19 crisis, 3 women frontliners, each representing a sector, were awarded as this year’s Tacurong Women Achievers by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) and LGU-Tacurong, December 15, 2021, at Angel’s Food and Palomado Speech Complex.

From the group of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), Amie G. Malinao of Brgy. Buenaflor emerged as one of the Frontliner Women Achievers, commended on how she balanced her day-to-day duties from being a wife to being a mother of 7 offspring to rendering volunteer work as a BPAT in their barangay especially during the pandemic.

Lily L. Porcal, a Daycare Worker from Upper Katungal was also acknowledged for the distinction of having served as a teacher for 33 years. Lily, at 70 years old, still managed to bring fun and educational activities to her pupils.

Completing the set of awardees, a Barangay Health Worker (BHW) from New Isabela, Eillien A. Cordova, was also honored. Despite being an elder at risk of COVID, Lily braved the dangers of the virus just to deliver her duties as BHW.

Each of the 3 Women Achievers took home a Plaque of Recognition, 10 thousand cash, one 25-kilo sack of rice, a bouquet, and a cake.

To further applaud the winners, as well as the other women in the venue, City Councilor Lina O. Montilla articulated her message of uplifting her fellows.

Councilor Lina recalled her first time running for the mayoralty post in 2010 and being one of 3 female candidates that time, her dissenters critically persuade the masses to not vote for her because “she is a woman” – a belief Councilor Lina strongly disagreed with.

According to her, the weight of one’s capability is not determined by gender.

11 years later, Lina completed her 3 terms as a mayor and is now back as a councilor.

Moreover, City Vice Mayor Lalaine J. Montilla also stressed that other than the women owning their womanhood and the strength that comes with it, the success of each endeavor also lies with the unity that they can harness together.

This is the third time the LGU and CTCDW have recognized Women Achievers in Tacurong on different occasions – the first one being in December 2020 for the marginalized women and the second instance was last March 2021 for the Most Functional Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)

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VAW-Desk Awards tops off 2021 women’s month celeb

Ten barangay councilors who emerged as Most Functional Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge in this year’s National Women’s Month culmination in the city, March 30, 2021, were honored for their responsiveness in acting upon women abuse and in advocating women empowerment in their areas of jurisdiction.

Conferred by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) at Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Evelyn Camendan of Brgy. Buenaflor ranked 1st among other nominees from the twenty barangays of Tacurong. Meanwhile, Luisa Acosta of Brgy. San Pablo and Gina Espuertas of Brgy. New Isabela came in 2nd and 3rd places.

The fourth to tenth places were also respectively garnered by Cherry Tolentino of Brgy. Upper Katungal, Rohaila Gapor of Brgy. Calean, Leah Ferrer of Brgy. New Carmen, Elisa Godoy of Brgy. San Antonio, Ellyn Casipe of Brgy. Baras, Analyn Sidon of Brgy. Kalandagan, and Jocelyn Puedan of Brgy. New Lagao.

Each of the Top 10 awardees took home a plaque of recognition, a sack of rice, a personalized mug, and cash prizes of varying amount from P5,500 to P10,000 depending on the rank while a certificate of participation and a consolation prize of P2,000 were each given to non-winning brgy. councilors.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla’s support on this celebration was made apparent through City Councilor David Salazar who imparted various bible verses on what empowered women should be, and he also stressed the city government’s openness to create legislations that could intensify women’s campaign for gender equality.

Aside from their input and guidance, City First Lady and CTCDW Honorary Adviser Cora Montilla, as well as City Councilor and CTCDW Honorary Chairperson Lalaine Montilla, also sponsored assistance in the form of mugs raffled in the program.

Further, CTCDW also recognized the beauty salons and establishments in the city that supported the authored ordinance of Councilor Lalaine, Ordinance No. 030-2020, urging a 10% discount every first week of International Women’s Month Celebration granted to every female customer of these beauty parlors.

The program also launched the Search for Women Achievers Award – Frontliner Edition as adjacent to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

City Councilor Geronimo Arzagon, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elenita Saavedra, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles also graced the activity along with the CTCDW officers, barangay officials, and awardees’ families. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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LGU-Tacurong amps up gender equality campaign with women’s month kick-off

“Women these days are even with men in so many ways.” This is the encouragement of City Councilor Lalaine Montilla, Chairperson on Gender and Development, as the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong kicked off the 2021 National Women’s Month with the theme “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”, March 8, 2021 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Last year’s celebration was ceased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year the LGU makes another attempt to advocate women empowerment and gender equality through a series of forthcoming activities within the month led by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW).

CTCDW President Janet Collado eagerly spoke on the contributions of Tacurongnon women in the society that proved that gender does not set boundaries to what an individual can do. These were evident in the remarkable work of women awarded with the Tacurong Women Achiever Award last December 7, 2020.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla stressed his gratitude towards the women and dubbed them as ‘the real champions of the government and the community’. He also called on for the continuous and active participation of the women on the programs of the LGU to achieve a clean and transparent governance.

Furthermore, the LGU reached out assistance to the Tacurong City Jail Female Dormitory and Tacurong Women – Persons With Disability Association by handing out books and hygiene kits as assisted by City Councilor Lalaine and City First Lady Cora Montilla, Honorary Chairperson of CTCDW.

The first and only female City Mayor of Tacurong yet, former Mayor Lina Montilla, also graced the program in support of the undertaking.

Representatives from various agencies and offices such as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) ,City Schools Division of Tacurong, and Sultan Kudarat Water District were also in attendance. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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Tacurong hails 4 women achievers

Shedding light to the triumphant stories of marginalized women, four (4) ladies of various vocations were hailed as Tacurong Women Achievers by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) for their remarkable contribution to their families and communities, December 7, 2020.

After a thorough screening done by the CTCDW to thirteen (13) nominees from four categories, the women who emerged as most deserving of the recognition were: Merlina Caspillo, a volunteer worker; Sonia Libres, a housemaid; Melejenda Portuito, a farmer; and Jocelyn Libo-on, a Person with Disability (PWD).

Their challenges in life didn’t set them back from reaching greater heights. Through their dedication and perseverance, the four awardees manifested better lives. Now, most of their children are established professionals such as seafarers, teachers and police officers.

“These days, we are able to eat right or even more than enough, unlike before,” Sonia Libres told the audience through a video presentation.

Out of the four winners, Jocelyn Libo-on was the only remaining single lady. Libo-on had her right eye visually impaired in an accident, making her a PWD but even so, her time and effort were devoted towards the community and fellow PWDs as a president of the Women with Disability Federation.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla congratulated the achievers and further acknowledged the significant roles of women in the society and in their family especially as wives to their partners. In his message, he underlined that the women achievers’ success stories should set a precedent to other women to pursue and achieve greatness barring the gender prejudices.

Also present in the awarding ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center were City Councilor David Salazar, City First Lady Cora Montilla, CTCDW Chaiperson Janet Collado and Vice Chairperson Susie Daza, and the representatives of the academe and other organizations.

The four winners each received Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000) cash prize, one sack of rice, a plaque of recognition, and a bouquet of flowers.

The Tacurong Women Achievers award was a nod to the National Women’s Month last March 2020 aiming the continuous empowerment of women as catalysts of change and active contributors in the society. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)

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