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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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In a bid to help the city government in its efforts of restarting the local economy hardly hit by the COVID-19, the Department of Labor and Employment continues to provide it with various interventions, the latest of which is the hiring of twelve government interns deployed in the barangays where they reside. These interns will work under the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the DOLE that aims to provide young workers opportunity to work in government agencies. Basically, the program serves as a training ground for future government employees. The interns’ tasks are anchored in the national government’s National Employment Recovery Strategies (NERS) as well as the DOLE’s Mission RACE or Rebooting Economies through Community Engagement that aims to create concrete strategies to deal with workers displaced by the pandemic. Under the Mission RACE program of the DOLE, each GIP beneficiary or government intern will be called as Healthy Economic Recovery officers or HERO. One of them, named as Local HERO, will be assigned to the City LGU PESO and will be tasked to supervise the implementation of the program at the barangay level. As to the selection of barangays provided with GIP slots, the first eleven Barangay LGUs that have established their respective Barangay PESOs were prioritized. These barangays are: Tina, New Carmen, San Rafael, Lancheta, Upper Katungal, Rajah Muda, San Antonio, New Lagao, Baras, San Pablo, and New Isabela. The government interns will complement the LGU’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to carry out community engagements in the form of livelihood trainings and profiling of labor market situations in the barangays. By generating a true picture of the barangay’s labor market, the government can subsequently identify and implement the necessary interventions to help the economy. The beneficiaries started rendering their duty in their respective barangays on June 1 and will continue their immersion in the next six months. Their outputs will be used by the DOLE and the City LGU in identifying specific interventions to be implemented. (LGU Information)

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DOLE turns over water refilling business project to terminal vendors

The Tacurong City Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) received another livelihood project from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the form of a water refilling station.

DOLE Regional Sisinio Cano and Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan turned over the project together with Councilor David Salazar who represented Mayor Angelo Montilla during the turnover rites held this morning of December 20, 2019.

Former Mayor Lina Montilla and DTI Provincial Director Felisa Sinobago also attended the turnover ceremony.

The water refilling project is located at 3rd Block, TACEA Village, New Isabela, Tacurong City.

After the blessing and ribbon-cutting, a program was held at Edjin Pension House followed by the association’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Party.

In his message, Director Cano said that he is glad that TATVA is already acknowledged as one of the best in the region in terms of livelihood projects implementation.

He also thanked the city government and DTI for guiding the association in all its undertakings.

DTI and the LGU PESO helped the association in preparing the project proposals and feasibility studies.

Before DOLE and LGU entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla passed and approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the said agreement.

The water refilling project, amounting to half a million pesos, falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project or DILP and is already an augmentation since individual members had already received their nego-karts in 2013.

In 2016, TATVA also received a project from the Local Government of Tacurong that it used in putting up a grocery store.

After two years of operation, TATVA had exceeded its target on sales and was able to hit an average gross sales of P8 Million annually.

It even expanded its business operation by opening a carinderia beside the grocery store.

TATVA’s success in business paved way for it to be declared by the DOLE as regional winner of Best Livelihood Project in 2018.

The association currently has 33 active members.

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City government welcomed young city officials

In line with the celebration of the 26th National Children’s Month, the city government played host to senior and junior high school students as they assumed the roles of young city officials and young heads of offices of the LGU.

For a period of two days, on November 27 -28, 2018, the students observed their counterparts as the latter performed their official duties. The opportunity aims to expose the students early on to the inner workings of running the city government thereby inculcating in them human relations, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

This year’s Young City Mayor was Chico D. Reyes of TNHS-Main Campus, Young City Vice Mayor was Jessriel Franch Ariz of VMC Asial School, and Young City Accountant was Ian Vincent Ramay of TNHS-Annex among others.

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Tacurong City celebrated children’s welfare in Children’s Month

While children’s welfare is always at the fore of the city government’s priorities all year round, this month it especially advocated the same by taking part in the 26th National Children’s Month Celebration.

On 26 November 2018, LGU Tacurong together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Youth Commission, and the Council for the Welfare of Children set aside the entire day for activities that highlighted this year’s theme “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga Para sa Lahat ng Bata”.

The activities were composed of an opening program at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center and competitions in spoken poetry, poster making, paligsahan sa sabayang pagbigkas, and essay writing, which were participated by elementary and high school students from both public and private schools.

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla also delivered her annual State of the City’s Children Report during the opening.

Also present to support the event were City Councilors Psyche Sucaldito, Lalaine Montilla, Charito Collado, Renante Duque, Carlos Segura and Welson Ferrer, heads of the different participating schools, teachers, and parents.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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