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Mayor Montilla talks with CNC on feat against malnutrition

Headstrong towards his commitment to elevate the nutrition status of Tacurongnons, City Mayor Angelo Montilla discussed with the City Nutrition Council (CNC) the milestones reached by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong in addressing the prevalent malnutrition and health issues in the city on a meeting sited at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center, October 28, 2020.

Mayor Montilla vowed in December of last year to vacate his office if he fails in ceasing malnutrition in the city. With Mayor Montilla’s relentless effort and the unwavering support of the academe and agencies involved, the CNC achieved such quite a feat in attaining this goal in a short span of time.

In a partial accomplishment report by the City Nutrition Office, Myka Angelou Tomboc, City Nutrition Program Coordinator, bared the City Technical Roadmap of revived, sustained and completed health programs by the CNC, and substantial effect of these in solving the health issues in the city.

One of the flagship programs of CNC is the First 1000 Days (F1KD) program that aims to provide maternal health care to pregnant women and to prevent or resolve stunting and wasting of children age 2 years old and below.

Julie Anne Llavore, City Account Officer of Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) shared their experiences with CNC since the term of Former City Mayor Lina O. Montilla until the takeover of Mayor Angelo’s term.

The CNC, in partnership with ZFF, kickstarted projects such as the Community Kitchen Program, Micronutrient Supplementation, and Buntis Class to selected pregnant women.

In a call for a continuous action and sustainability, City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, also the Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairperson on Health and Nutrition, presented various ordinances passed in support of the CNC. City Councilors Lalaine Montilla and David Salazar who were present in the meeting, backed up the motion.

CNC’s milestones were commended by the Department of Health Region XII through Lorelie Resmundo, Development Management Officer, and the National Nutrition Committee through Annalita Flores, Nutrition Officer III.

Elated by the report made by the CNC, Mayor Roncal expressed his gratitude and appreciation towards the hardship of LGU-Tacurong and its partners in the mission to alleviate malnutrition in the city.

Amelia Bochorno, City Planning and Development Coordinator, stressed the importance of the City Nutrition Coordination Plan (CNAP) integrated with the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) of the city, and the assimilation to the Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) of the twenty barangays in Tacurong for a more fluid implementation to their constituents.

Dr. Giovanni Deles, City Health Officer and Rogelio Garcia, City Nutrition Action Officer also shared their insights on the meeting.

The importance of other related programs and offices were also highlighted by their respective program heads: Leoncia Nebres, City Agricultural Services Office Head, for food security, Victoria Dolido, City Local Government Operations Officer, for Sangguniang Kabataan, Allan S. Freno, City Information Officer, for Information, Education and Communication (IEC), Emilyn Dimacali, City Social Welfare and Development Office, for Dietary Supplementation Program and Jose V. Lim VI, Rotary Club President.(DEC,LGUTac-Information)

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Sultan Kudarat seeks 95% coverage in second round of polio vaccination

With the second round of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio about to kick off later this month, the Department of Health 12 and the provincial government would like to reach or exceed the target of 95 percent immunization coverage.

This was the key message of DOH 12 Assistant Director Fatima Emban in her talk during the Stakeholders Meeting and Orientation in Isulan on January 9.

With the province of Sultan Kudarat already recorded cases of polio, it is more urgent and important to have higher immunization coverage.

It is reported that a single case of polio requires the government to declare an outbreak.

More cases have been reported throughout the country and the government is doing its best to stop the outbreak.

Engaging the community is among the effective strategies to let them help advocate and support the program.

Mayor Angelo Montilla is also enjoining all citizens of Tacurong, especially the parents of children under five years old to submit their children for immunization.

The second round of oral vaccination will start on January 20 and will run until February 2, 2020.

After the second round of immunization, two more rounds of vaccination will be conducted by DOH by end of January until the month of April.

In other words, all children below five years old should have been vaccinated four times for complete protection. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Tacurong rakes awards in DOH’s annual recognition for best performance on health

Strong leadership that resulted in better health outcomes for the poor paved way for the Local Government Unit of Tacurong City to receive various awards during the Regional Awards of the Department of Health.

In total, Tacurong collected three major awards in the ceremony graced by Assistant Health Secretary Abdullah Dumama on August 23, 2019, at Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City.

Tacurong bested other cities in the Best-Performing LGUs for Local Health Systems Award.

Meanwhile, former Mayor Lina Montilla was conferred with Outstanding Bridging Leader in Public Health Award under the Local Chief Executive Category. Bridging leadership is anchored on a concept that effects paradigm shift from traditional leadership into a transformational one. The former mayor, a champion of DOH and Zuellig Family Foundation’s Health Leadership and Governance Program, has become a household name in serving as a resource speaker in national and international health governance conferences or colloquiums. Montilla also shared her experiences as a bridging leader during the awarding rites.

Capping the list of awards for Tacurong was the conferment of Outstanding Bridging Leader in Public Health under the City Health Officer Category.

DOH Representative for Sultan Kudarat Dr. Mercedes Manansala, who had been with Tacurong every step of its health governance journey, joined the Tacurong team during the event. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Dugong Konsehal Bloodletting Activity 2015


“When my father underwent dialysis treatment and always needed blood transfusion, we could always rely on the blood bank. Now that he’s gone, I want to repay those people who donated their blood so patients, like my father, could live a little bit longer. That’s why I’m donating my own blood today; this is my way of saying thank you.”

This was Meliden Fusingan, a SPED teacher at Pilot Elementary School, as she nervously yet eagerly fell in line during the Dugong Konsehal Bloodletting last September 10, 2015 at the CDRMMC building.

The bloodletting drive is an initiative of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, as spearheaded by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, with the theme “Para sa Kapamilya… Dugo Mo, Dugo Ko”; the activity was in connection with the 19th Philippine Councilors Week.

Eight nurses from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Sultan Kudarat – Tacurong chapter composed the extraction team headed by Rey Larroza, RMT, and three members of the Department of Health (DOH) Tacurong Office assisted in the different stages of the blood letting process.

At stage 1, members of the DOH team had prospective donors fill up a form inquiring about their medical history and other vital health information. Then their blood pressure and weight were measured and recorded. Once approved, they moved on to stage 2 where three members of the PRC extraction team collected their blood samples in order to identify their blood type. Each donor was then handed their own bloodletting kit, and then proceeded inside the CDRMMC building.

Inside the building, the rest of the PRC extraction team carefully guided the donors and eased them into bloodletting. Each donor did not take long, and after they filled their bags, they were rested for fifteen minutes.

After they have rested, a snack bar awaited them at the kitchen of the CDRMMC building sponsored by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito himself. Staff of the SP assisted the donors and provided them with the various prepared snacks to help them regain their strength.

The donors were mostly public school teachers, college students, LGU employees, barangay officials, NGA employees, private citizens, and members of the Armed Forces, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

By the end of the bloodletting drive, Councilor Jamorabon reported that they were able to collect 60 bags of blood. These donations will be processed for approval and will be ready when people need them. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)

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