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VAW-Desk Awards tops off 2021 women’s month celeb

Ten barangay councilors who emerged as Most Functional Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge in this year’s National Women’s Month culmination in the city, March 30, 2021, were honored for their responsiveness in acting upon women abuse and in advocating women empowerment in their areas of jurisdiction.

Conferred by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) at Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Evelyn Camendan of Brgy. Buenaflor ranked 1st among other nominees from the twenty barangays of Tacurong. Meanwhile, Luisa Acosta of Brgy. San Pablo and Gina Espuertas of Brgy. New Isabela came in 2nd and 3rd places.

The fourth to tenth places were also respectively garnered by Cherry Tolentino of Brgy. Upper Katungal, Rohaila Gapor of Brgy. Calean, Leah Ferrer of Brgy. New Carmen, Elisa Godoy of Brgy. San Antonio, Ellyn Casipe of Brgy. Baras, Analyn Sidon of Brgy. Kalandagan, and Jocelyn Puedan of Brgy. New Lagao.

Each of the Top 10 awardees took home a plaque of recognition, a sack of rice, a personalized mug, and cash prizes of varying amount from P5,500 to P10,000 depending on the rank while a certificate of participation and a consolation prize of P2,000 were each given to non-winning brgy. councilors.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla’s support on this celebration was made apparent through City Councilor David Salazar who imparted various bible verses on what empowered women should be, and he also stressed the city government’s openness to create legislations that could intensify women’s campaign for gender equality.

Aside from their input and guidance, City First Lady and CTCDW Honorary Adviser Cora Montilla, as well as City Councilor and CTCDW Honorary Chairperson Lalaine Montilla, also sponsored assistance in the form of mugs raffled in the program.

Further, CTCDW also recognized the beauty salons and establishments in the city that supported the authored ordinance of Councilor Lalaine, Ordinance No. 030-2020, urging a 10% discount every first week of International Women’s Month Celebration granted to every female customer of these beauty parlors.

The program also launched the Search for Women Achievers Award – Frontliner Edition as adjacent to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

City Councilor Geronimo Arzagon, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elenita Saavedra, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles also graced the activity along with the CTCDW officers, barangay officials, and awardees’ families. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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More PWD kids accept gift from LGU-Tacurong

One hundred seventy-eight (178) more Children with Special Needs cuddled their new stuffed toys as the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong closed the second and last day of its gift-giving activity this year for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), December 22, 2020.

The PWD kids received the same gifts as the first batch – a stuffed toy, a Jollibee meal and two-hundred-peso cash (P200.00) – from the City Mayor’s Office and the benevolent sponsors through the aid of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla once again praised the parents of the Children with Special Needs and dubbed them as “heroes” in his message for their unconditional sacrifice for their kids despite their conditions.

Meanwhile, two (2) of the parents thanked the city government and its partner-stakeholders for the assistance extended to them and two (2) PWD kids sang for the guests at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Once more, Mr. Reynaldo Lee, President of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and an anonymous sponsor donated another sum of cash amounting to P35,600.00 for the children. Additionally, the PWD kids took home a new “terno” from Mr. and Mrs. PO3 Samuel Javier of S & M Realty, Rev. Octavio Consebit, and parents from Kairos Learning Academy of Tacurong who also sponsored “ternos” for the first batch of gift-giving.

As the proponent of the gift-giving, City First Lady Cora Montilla facilitated the smooth flow of the event. It was also graced with the presence City Councilors David Salazar and Bernardino Umadhay Jr., CSWD Officer Euphemia Robles, JTF-Talakudong Operations Officer Captain Rodrigo Sinoy, and Former City Mayor Lina Montilla.

With the three hundred (300) Children with Special Needs recipients of the gift-giving, including the nine (9) PWD kids who received wheelchairs, the City Government of Tacurong has graciously fulfilled its promise to deliver a much better service and bring even just a simple joy to the PWDs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (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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