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391 beneficiaries finish skills training under Bottom-Up Budgeting 2016

On August 30, 2016, the City Government of Tacurong, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office, and in partnership with DSWD, DOST, and TESDA, proudly presented its 391 graduates of skills training on Sustainable Livelihood Program under the Bottom-Up Budgeting 2016 in a closing ceremony at the Tacurong Sports and Cultural Center.

The graduates, all of whom came from the different barangays of the city and some being 4Ps beneficiaries and people with disabilities, trained in Management of Chicken Layers, Management of Laying Ducks, Accelerated Vinegar Production and Technology Demonstration on Accelerator Kit, Backyard Swine Breeding Program, Beauty Care NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II, Carpentry NC II, and Dressmaking NC II.

Along with their newly acquired skills, the graduates were also provided with tools and kits to help them start with their livelihood.

Present during the closing ceremony were Mr. Alberto Sero of the DILG, city councilors Arzagon, Ferrer, Flores, Salazar, and Segura; and the different barangay captains and barangay officials. Representing the city mayor was Rodrigo Jamorabon. Representatives from DSWD Field Office XII, headed by Ms. Noraidah T. Busran, were also present.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Bottom-Up Budgeting 2016 had a working budget of Php1.2 million. Training began in July 2016 and ended in August. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Balut vendors bring home new Nego-Karts

Each of the 25 members of the Balut Vendors Association in Tacurong City received a Nego-Kart worth P14, 980 on November 20, 2015.

“Hindi na ini basta mapalid sang hangin. Kay sadto, kung mag-ulan nagabalintong ang amon mga baligya kag mabasa pa kami,” said 67-year-old Enrica Doctor, one of the association members who received the livelihood aid.

Each set of Nego Kart comes with three trays of raw eggs/balut, 2 cases of softdrinks, vest, rechargeable lamp, tin box, and BMX bicycle. In support of the DILEEP of DOLE and LGU-Tacurong, Pepsi-Cola Philippines gave additional two cases of softdrinks, one case of bottled water, and a cooler for each beneficiary.

These were turned over to each beneficiary by Mayor Lina O. Montilla, DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Director Arlene Bisnon, PESO Manager Allan Freno, Councilor Rodrigo amorabon, and representatives of the City Social Welfare and Development Office and Pepsi-Cole Philippines.

Twenty-five more members of said association will receive the same assistance next month.

The Nego-Kart project, funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is intended to provide decent livelihood benefiting the marginal workers of the country’s informal sector, specifically the ambulant vendors. The project is a grant, which means that beneficiaries need not worry about repayment. The city government, through the Public Employment Service Office, takes charge in the monitoring of the livelihood project. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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LGU holds forum on legal adoption, foster care

Prospective adoptive parents joined the forum on Alternative Parental Care Program conducted in the City of Tacurong on 4 November 2015. It carries the theme Legal na Ampon Ako, Anak na Totoo.

DSWD regional focal persons explained the legal process of adoption and guidelines on foster care.

Adoption was discussed according to the provisions of RA 8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998. RA 9523 or the Act Requiring DSWD Certification Declaring a Child Legally Available for Adoption was also explained

“We are advocating legal adoption for the best interest of the child. Kung legal ang pag-ampon, secured ang rights ng anak mo at hindi sya maiipit sa mga circumstances in the future,” said Melba Souribio of DSWD XII.

Attendance to pre-adoption seminar or forum is one of the requirements to be complied by prospective adoptive parents.

Adoption is a socio-legal process of giving private family to a child whose parents have voluntarily/involuntarily given up their parental rights. Foster care, on the other hand, is a social work intervention which provides planned substitute parental care to a child whose parents are unable to care for him/her temporarily. Only licensed foster families can provide such help.

“We thank our participants in this forum for having the heart to give these children a happy home. We know it takes a lot of sacrifice but I can see that you are very happy,” addressed Mayor Lina O. Montilla to the forum participants. JLBillano-Fabreag/LGU Tacurong City Information


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NGO kick-starts PWD livelihood

Mr. Richard Larupay of Barangay Tina and Mr. Luciano Angao of Barangay San Antonio, both with visual disabilities, can soon start their very own vulcanizing businesses.
The Rotaract Club of Talakudong (RAC-Talakudong) turned over the vulcanizing tools and equipment in time for the celebration of the World Rotaract Week on March 12, 2015. Aside from tools and equipment, each beneficiary received twelve kilos of rice.
Larupay and Angao were the beneficiaries of RAC-Talakudong’s fund-raising event dubbed Rotarock: Battle of the Bands for Cause on December 2014.
The beneficiaries were chosen through the help of the City Disability Affairs Committee headed by Mayor Lina O. Montilla. The Committee will also assist RAC-Talakudong in monitoring the status of beneficiaries.
“PWDs have potentials like all of us. They must be empowered to help their families and their communities,” said RAC-Talakudong President Jezereel Billano.

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