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Bakuna kontra COVID-19 para sa Tacurong, ligtas at epektibo – City Health Office

“Ang bakuna nariyan para labanan ang virus, hindi para magbigay ng sakit sa atin. Kaya, huwag kayong matakot.” Ito ang mensahe ni City Health Office Nurse Gina Ramiscal sa mga health workers, barangay officials, at purok presidents ng Brgy. Poblacion at Brgy. New Isabela na lumahok sa huling araw ng oryentasyon ng COVID-19 Vaccination Plan para sa mga barangay sa Lungsod ng Tacurong, Pebrero 22, 2021.

Ayon kay Nurse Ramiscal, bagamat agarang nagawa ang bakuna, siguradong ligtas at epektibo ang mga ito laban sa COVID-19 dahil dumaan ito sa masusing proseso at pagsusuring agham at medikal.

Buo rin ang kumpiyansa ng Office of the City Health Services (OCHS) sa mga bakunang bibilhin ng Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Tacurong dahil sa mga Pharmaceutical Companies na rekomendado ng World Health Organization at Department of Health, at aprobado din ng Food and Drug Administration ang mga ito.

Binigyang linaw rin sa oryentasyon ang mga haka-haka tungkol sa bakuna na may virus mismo na nakahalo sa bakuna at nakapagdudulot ito ng sakit.

Walang buhay na virus ang nakalagay sa bakuna. Mayroon lamang napakaliit na bahagi ng patay na virus ang kinuha at inilagay sa bakuna para makatulong sa katawan ng tao na kumilala sa mismong buhay na corona virus kapag nagkataong pumasok ito sa katawan ng tao. Hindi ito nakakapinsala sa kalusugan dahil ito ay wala ng buhay at ito ay walang ibang gagawain kung hindi ang palakasin ang katawan ng tao sa pagbuo ng antibodies o mga pwersang natural sa loob ating katawan na susugpo sa nakakapinsalang virus.

Sinagot din ni Dr. Emelyn Nepucpan ang mga katanungang nagmula sa mga kalahok pagkatapos ng oryentasyon.

Ang mga bakunang makukuha ng OCHS ay para sa lahat ng residente ng Tacurong ngunit prioridad pa rin ang mga frontliners at health workers para sa agarang pagbabakuna dahil sila ang laging nakataya sa panganib ng sakit dulot na rin ng kanilang trabaho.

Inaasahan na sa ginagawang adbokasiya ng OCHS, maipararating ang tamang impormasyon sa mga tao ng sa ganoon ay mabuksan ang kanilang mga isipan, tumaas ang kanilang tiwala at kumpiyansa sa bakuna, at maihanda ang kani-kanilang sarili para sa araw ng pagtuturok. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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CDC meets for additional priority projects for 2021

The City Development Council (CDC) met for the 1st quarter meeting of the year on February 17 at the Tacurong City Cultural Sports Center to discuss priority projects and programs to be included in this year’s supplemental budget.

The projects include Operational Support for the Containment of COVID-19 and Other Calamities worth P30 million, Construction of Drainage Canal along Malvar St. connecting to Doña Alicia St. in Brgy. Poblacion worth P6.3 million, and Connection of Interconnectivity of the 20 barangays worth P2.8 million just to name a few.

The supplemental budget, amounting to P61,303, 773.53, was sourced from savings, re-aligned and reverted budgets, and excess of the previous year on infrastructure projects.

The meeting also included the approval of re-appropriated budgets for other concreting and drainage constructions.

Chaired by City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, the CDC is a local council composed of the chairperson of the Appropriations Committee of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP), Punong Barangays, and representatives of the different government agencies in the city, the private sector, and non-government organizations. Its function is to formulate policies on, plan, and prioritize socioeconomic projects in the city.

The CDC’s approved resolutions are now up for the SP’s approval.

Also present during the meeting were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, Hon. Remo Y. Flores, and City Planning and Development Coordinator, Ms. Amelia Bochorno. (YMR, LGUTac-Information)

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LGU Tacurong bares utilization report on P48.3-M Bayanihan Grant

Complying with the requirement on the use of the Bayanihan Grant, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong City disclosed to the public a report on fund utilization as well as the status of implementation of its programs and projects related to COVID-19.

Aside from being posted on conspicuous public places, the report is also posted on the LGU’s website as required by the Department of Budget and Management.

LGU Tacurong City received P48,330,974.00 assistance from the national government in April purposely to boost its war chest against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund assistance is equivalent to a one-month Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the city and part of the “Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities” provided for under Local Budget Circular 125 issued by the DBM.

The grant is one of the various emergency measures ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to respond to the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of June 30, P48.25-Million or 99.83% of the Bayanihan Grant for Tacurong has already been obligated, while P25.46-Million or 52.69% was already disbursed or released as payment to various program expenses.

Out of the funding, the LGU spent P31-Million for food assistance and other relief goods for almost 30 thousand households in 20 barangays of the city. The assistance consisted of seven kilograms of rice and P500 worth of gift certificate per household. The LGU partnered with local businesses in setting up rolling stores in the barangays to provide grocery items in exchange for the gift certificates.

In the subsequent wave of food assistance distribution, each of the households in Tacurong received five kilograms of rice.

Meanwhile, more than P5-M was allocated for the construction of a 28-room isolation facility in Barangay Upper Katungal that will accommodate the returning OFWs and locally stranded individuals.

A big chunk of the fund was also spent for purchase of isolation facility equipment and supplies as well as procurement of vitamins and supplies.

Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for health workers and other frontliners also took a sizable portion of the grant.

City Budget Officer Imelda Pamplona said that the LGU has been religiously complying with the requirements of the DBM on the utilization of the funding and added that another status report will be released to the public at the end of this month.

Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla is grateful to the funding support of the national government saying that it was a big augmentation to the calamity fund of the LGU that quickly ran dry.

“Before the release of the Bayanihan Grant, our LGU has been preparing to realign local funds for use in our COVID-19 responses. Good thing it did not happen for we already anticipate the negative effect that it will create to our other priority programs”, Montilla said. (ASFreno, LGU Information)

For the full details on fund utilization, kindly check out this link:

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Penalty condonation for business and real property taxes proposed by Sanggunian

The city’s taxpayers may also get some relief amid the current health crisis.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Finance and Appropriations chaired by City Councilor Remo Flores presided today the meeting of the Committee-of-the-Whole to act on the proposed ordinance extending the deadline of payment of real property and business taxes and waiving the collection of penalties.

The Sanggunian proposes that the deadline of payment of taxes covering 1st and 2nd quarters will be extended until December 2020 and the collection of penalties for the said period will be waived provided that the taxes will be paid not later than date of the extended deadline.

Councilor Flores said that the ordinance is a way of easing the burden of the taxpayers brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.

“We hope that in the Sanggunian’s regular session next Wednesday, we can pass the ordinance for the second and final reading”, he said.

Present during the meeting were Vice Mayor Lino Montilla, Councilor Lalaine Montilla, Councilor Geronimo Arzagon, Councilor Bernardino Umadhay Jr., Councilor Welson Ferrer, and Councilor Carlos Borromeo Segura.

Concerned LGU department heads also attended the said meeting.

Meanwhile, Mayor Angelo Montilla also expressed his favorable opinion on the proposed ordinance.

“Our taxpayers also bore the brunt of this pandemic and it is only appropriate to give them some relief”, he said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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LGU Tacurong to receive P48-Million aid to boost efforts against coronavirus

The Local Government Unit of Tacurong City is set to receive P48,330,974.00 assistance from the national government to boost its war chest against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The fund assistance is equivalent to a one-month Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the city.

It is part of the “Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities” provided for under Local Budget Circular 125 issued by the Department of Budget and Management on April 7, 2020.

The grant is also one of the various temporary emergency measures adopted by President Rodrigo Duterte to respond to the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier today, Mayor Angelo Montilla called for a meeting of the LGU’s finance committee to discuss possible programs, projects, and activities to be sourced out from the grant.

The City Development Council also convened afterward for an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.

Mayor Montilla said that a big portion of the budget will be used to provide food assistance to the affected households in the city.

The city government also plans to allocate a portion of the funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment, disinfection supplies and equipment, hospital/isolation center equipment & supplies, and medicines & vitamins.

The mayor assured that the breakdown of the grant will be disseminated to the public to make everything transparent.

“We will make sure that our people will know where the funds will go down to the last centavo”, he said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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