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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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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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Mayor Montilla talks to COA 12 on audit findings

Through a hybrid zoom and face-to-face conference, City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla had a discourse with Commission on Audit Region XII (COA 12) Regional Director Virginia Datukon, OIC-Spervising Auditor Johanna Sahisa, Auditors Arjay Astillero and Arianne Joy Purazo-Duque, and Auditing Examiner Flordelei Hocate on the financial audit observations and recommendations for the City Government of Tacurong, May 04, 2021, at the City Mayor’s Office Conference Room.

The meeting, also attended by City Government Office Heads, was hosted for COA 12 to present audit data and to attain transparency on the financial transactions of the city government.

Some of the findings made by COA 12 touched on the COVID-19 crisis interventions of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong. The agency commended the LGU for its management efforts and optimization of resources amid the pandemic and has also suggested the LGU to strengthen its Local Risk Reduction Management.

The conference concluded with Mayor Montilla’s appreciation of COA 12 as a partner-agency that is present to aid the LGU enhance its services and not one to criticize and await its failure. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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Today we made history!

At exactly 9:07 this morning, Dr. Lawrence S. Valdez became the very first person in the city to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Valdez is the Chief of Clinics of St. Louis Hospital. He received the very first dose of CoronaVac vaccine that was delivered by the Department of Health on March 6 intended for the health frontliners of the city. Being a COVID-19 referral hospital in Region 12, St. Louis Hospital received the first batch of vaccines.

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Tacurong City to begin COVID-19 vaccination for health frontliners next week

Tacurong City is set to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, tentatively on Saturday, March 6, and will begin inoculation on Monday.

During the Vaccination Process and Simulation meeting on March 3, Dr. Giovanni Deles, City Health Officer, and Dr. Mercedes Manansala, Department of Health (DOH)- Sultan Kudarat representative, reported to City Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla that the city will be given 300 doses of Sinovac vaccine as the first batch, intended for medical frontliners as they are a priority to be vaccinated.

St. Louis Hospital, being a COVID-19 referral hospital in the city, will be given the 300 doses so they can begin the vaccination of their medical workers beginning March 8. DOH has approved the hospital’s 5th floor area as their vaccination venue and will cater to 50 recipients per day.

The next batches of vaccines will be given to the rest of the identified hospitals and the local government unit (LGU) in order to vaccinate the other priority groups in the city such as the senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel.

The vaccination process was also laid out at the meeting by the City Health Office (CHO) spearheaded by Dr. Emilyn Nepucpan and Nurse Gina Ramiscal.

As per approved plan by the LGU and DOH, the City Cultural and Sports Center will be the assigned vaccination venue of the priority, pre-determined recipients from the 20 barangays.

The assigned vaccinators will be composed of 4 teams from the CHO. Each team will cater to 50 recipients per day resulting to 200 vaccinations daily.

The venue’s floor plan will be designed to be conducive and safe for all the steps of the vaccination process.

The City Engineering Office and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office will be in-charged of the construction while the General Services Office and the City Budget Office shall ensure the necessary supplies of the vaccination efforts.

Meanwhile, the Tacurong City PNP headed by PLT COL JOAN MAGANTO, Joint Task Force Talakudong headed by COL JOEL MAMON, and the Tacurong City – Bureau of Fire Protection headed by SINSP RUPERT CHRISTIAN G BALICOL will provide security and will help ensure that health protocols are followed.

All doses of vaccines that will be received by the city government and will be stored at the LGU’s cold storage facility located at a secured spot at the city hall compound, complete with airconditioning and a backup generator in case of power interruption.

Meanwhile, SUKELCO, through its representative Mark Albert Daulo, has extended its full support to the city’s vaccination efforts and ensured power will be sustained unless in case of fortuitous events or scheduled interruptions, in which case, the electric cooperative has committed to exert full effort in re-establishing power as soon as possible.

The LGU is set to conduct a vaccination process simulation on March 17 in preparation for the next batches of COVID-19 vaccines. (YMR, LGU-Info)

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