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Tacurong City to start Busog Lusog Talino Year 4; welcomes new school partner

One hundred twenty days of healthy and free lunch for schoolchildren in Tacurong City will start on August 30, 2016 under the Busog Lusog Talino School Feeding Program or BLT.

School Year 2016-2017 is the fourth year of BLT implementation in Tacurong. To mark this milestone, the City Government decided to adopt a new school for BLT—the Lancheta-Magallon Elementary School in Barangay Lancheta.

LMES is the new addition to the BLT family previously composed of six elementary schools: Dr. Manuel Griño Memorial Central School in Brgy. Griño; Tina Elementary School in Brgy. Tina; J. Hector Lacson Elementary School in Brgy. Calean; Ma. Montilla Memorial Elementary School in Brgy. EJC Montilla; Josue Alcasid Central School in Brgy. Baras; and Lourdes Pama Elementary School in Brgy. Rajah Muda. In each school, 40 undernourished children will be fed for 120 school days.

In preparation for the new BLT year, the LGU had conducted food safety seminars for parents and food handlers in each of the seven schools from August 23-30, 2016.

In the last three years, Jollibee Group Foundation and LGU-Tacurong engaged in cost-sharing scheme to sustain BLT in the city. “This year, only the city government will fund the BLT implementation in the seven schools,” according to Mayor Lina Montilla.  “We want to continue BLT because we have seen good results. This is our own little way of helping the Department of Education in reducing dropout rates,” the mayor added.

Busog Lusog Talino School Feeding Program in the City of Tacurong is also supported by private and civic organizations. By Jez Billano-Fabreag

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Provincial Council lauds LGU special projects for children

The Provincial Council for the Protection of Children Evaluation Team lauded Mayor Lina O. Montilla’s special projects on children’s welfare during the annual assessment of the City’s Local Council for the Protection of Children on July 1, 2015.

The evaluation team noted projects such as the Busog Lusog Talino School Feeding Program, Project PAGLAUM MDG-FACES, and PEACE Learning Camp. The LGU’s support to the Special Program for the Employment of Students or SPES was also commended.

Moreover, the Team hopes that other LGU will replicate Tacurong City’s implementation of the Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan Program. This program was institutionalized through a City Ordinance authored by City Councilor Psyche M. Sucaldito and is now on its fifth year.

Further, the Evaluation Team gave comments and recommendations on crafting a road map for the council.

Tacurong LCPC’s sectoral duty bearers were present during the evalution. Duty bearers include the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, DepEd, Philippine National Police –Women & Children Concern Desk (PNP-WCPD), City Budget Office, City Planning & Development Office.

The Poblacion Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) was also involved during the assessment process. According to the evaluators they have chosen Barangay Poblacion based on the listing and score obtained during the evaluation City Evaluation Team headed by City DILG Officer Alberto Sero, Jr.

The Evaluation Team is composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government –SK Province,  Provincial Planning & Development Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Health Office, PNP PHQ Sultan Kudarat, and NCIP.

LCPCs are evaluated annually to gauge functionality in implementing programs and projects for children. It also intends to examine policy in governance issues in the organization. LCPCs are required to mainstream child rights in their local plans. Programs for children must be creative, comprehensive, and sustained.  Sectors, as duty bearers, must work as a team to achieve the objectives of addressing the rights of the children in terms of Survival, Development, Participation and Protection. (Nancy Marie Bawe, RSW – LGU Tacurong City)

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