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LGU completes wheelchair distribution to PWDs

The distribution of wheelchairs to fifty (50) more Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the city for this year has been completed as the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong delivered the last eight (8) wheelchairs and food packs to the last batch of beneficiaries yesterday, December 22, 2020.

Through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), the 50 recipients were identified from the list of the most in need PWDs from the twenty barangays of Tacurong.

The last two recipients of wheelchairs yesterday were both stroke patients, Marites Galoso and Bienvinido Cataluña of Brgy. Calean. City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla extended additional support in the form of scholarships to the children of Galoso and Cataluña.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla and City First Lady Cora Montilla were there on the very first up to the last day of wheelchair distributions together with the staff of the LGU. They were dedicated to reach each barangay of Tacurong that they personally delivered the wheelchairs to their new owners.

The LGU has made the distribution of the wheelchairs and food packs possible in just four dates – November 27 and December 15,16, and 22 – this 2020 despite the hectic schedule of the city government.

Though this year is closing with the LGU having distributed 50 wheelchairs, the PWDs in the city can surely look forward to more projects and assistance for them next year under the administration of Mayor Montilla. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)

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LGU gifts toys and meals to PWD kids

The annual gift-giving activity of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong continues this year as one hundred thirteen (113) Children with Special Needs each received a stuffed toy, a Jollibee meal and two hundred pesos (P200.00) courtesy of the city government and other sponsors, December 18, 2020.

A brainchild of City First Lady Cora Montilla, the gift-giving pushed through at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center with the effort of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the support of the Community-based Volunteer for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (CBVRDP) in the city.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla acknowledged in his message the hardships of the parents in raising their Children with Special Needs and also expressed his gratitude towards the agencies and people who made, not just this gift-giving but also other programs, possible for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Likewise, two of the children’s parents also shared their message of thanks to the LGU and partner-stakeholders for assisting their children’s medications and operations. One of the beneficiaries of the LGU and Tebow Cure Hospistal, Ara Jane Ablan, also offered an intermission number to the PWDs and guests.

Reynaldo Lee, President of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and an anonymous sponsor donated a total of P22, 600.00 making the PWDS take home P200.00 each. Mr. and Mrs. PO3 Samuel Javier of S & M Realty and Rev. Octavio Consebit and parents from Kairos Learning Academy of Tacurong also sponsored some of the gifts.

The event was also graced by City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Councilors Lalaine Montilla and David Salazar, Philippine Army 6O1st Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier General Roy M. Galido and his wife Rina Galido, CSWD Officer Euphemia Robles, and FFCCCII President Reynaldo Lee.

The LGU is on track to gift one hundred eighty-seven (187) more PWDs on December 22, 2020. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)

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Tacurong gears up for National Children’s Month amidst pandemic

With the serious threat of COVID-19 to the susceptible younger population, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of LGU Tacurong welcomes the National Children’s Month in a safer, new normal celebration to reduce the risk of the virus while commemorating the event.

The National Children’s Month seeks to deliver programs that attend to the needs and development of children in the country.

In the city, the CSWDO remains steadfast in the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program to children aged three years old to four despite the pandemic.

Fifty-three daycare centers from the twenty barangays of Tacurong are in-charge with the distribution of educational materials and the orientation of the parents on the conduct of learning sessions to their children at home.

Also, the Department of Education (DepEd) pledged to print out and distribute Panatang Makabata – a pledge recitation on rights and duties of children – to schools and barangays within the city. 

As the National Children’s Month is a month-long celebration this November, the CSWDO along with its committee ditched the face-to-face activities and prepared various virtual events instead.

On November 20, City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla is set to give his State of the Children’s Report through a livestreaming event on Facebook to publicize the data of children aided by the Local Government of Tacurong and its partner stakeholders. 

The CSWDO does not only focus on the mental development of the children but also ensures their physical growth through a Supplemental Feeding Program in selected areas in Tacurong. 

CSWDO also eyes to implement the Comprehensive Local Juvenile Intervention Program (CLJIP) to address Children in Conflict with the Law in the city.(DEC,LGUTac-Information)

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DSWD 12 grants livelihood aid to Tacurong entreps

Driven by the goal to revert entrepreneurs to their Corona virus-disrupted businesses, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XII (DSWD 12), through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Tacurong, released monetary livelihood assistance to small-time business owners, vendors, and service workers from twenty barangays of the city through a simultaneous payout activity on six clustered venues, October 1-2, 2020.

With a total amount of 6,615,000 pesos, the Sustainable Livelihood Program-Livelihood Assistance Grant (SLP-LAG) of DSWD 12 aims the rehabilitation of livelihood and restoration of resources to 1,107 Tacurongnon entrepreneurs with bread and butter stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic and service workers whose line of work, like massage services, defy the social-distancing norm.

According to Josephine M. Ubaldo, CSWDO-Livelihood and Skills Development Training Head, the identification of vendors and service workers as primary and secondary recipients of SLP-LAG is a joint decision from the Technical Working Group of the Local Govenment Unit of Tacurong composed by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Govenment, Department of Trade and Industry, and the city’s Planning Office and Public Employment Service Office.

Present on specified venues hosted by the gymnasiums of Brgy. Griño, Brgy. New Isabela, Brgy. Rajah Mudah, Brgy. Upper Katungal, Brgy. San Emmanuel and the City Grand Stand were mostly Balut vendors, merchants of various goods, and carenderia and sari-sari store owners with readily filled out Social Amelioration Card (SAC) Form and valid ID to present to the personnel of DSWD 12 and Tacurong LGU stationed on each site.

Also in attendance, Eufemia L. Robles, DSD, City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Jonathan B. Mandi, Social Marketing Officer, DSWD 12, and Merdibon Mangana, EO70-SLP-Focal Person, DSWD 12 supervised the undertaking and resolved some little bumps on the road posed by non-disclosure of business by some grantees.

As mandated by DSWD 12, a grantee must have been a recipient of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and must have declared an existing small-scale business prior to the distribution of SAP earlier this year to qualify for SLP-LAG.

Moreover, the lowest amount a qualified individual can claim is 5,000 pesos and depending on the Grant Utilization Plan (GUP) required by DSWD 12 that bares the itemization of one’s business capital and expenses, a beneficiary may receive figures exceeding the minimum.

Brgy. New Isabela, the biggest beneficiary of SLP-LAG, collected and disbursed a sum of 975,500 pesos to 178 residents identified with businesses. Hon. Jose Javier, Brgy. Captain, expressed his warmth of heart in seeing his constituents receive cash aid and he hoped for a second or third batch follow-up activity so more barangay dwellers, not just in New Isabela but also around Tacurong, can avail.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a national project allocated under Bayanihan 2 (Bayanihan to Recover as One Act) replacing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of Bayanihan 1 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act). (Daniel Espadon)

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