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15 graduate from 4Ps in Tacurong

Reliant and sufficient on their own – this is now the way to portray the 15 Tacurongnons, who over the years have been dependent on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), after they graduated from the assistance Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Tacurong Pilot Elementary School Gymnasium.

 

The 15 beneficiaries – Mary Jean Quisto of Bgry. Baras; Mary Khristine Rose, Gloria Borrico & Jenelyn Caniel of Brgy. Buenaflor; Agnes Guieb & Amella Cape of Brgy. D’Ledesma; Malvin Casabuena of Brgy. Griño; Dionisio Banan & Arlene Sitchon of Brgy. New Carmen; Saina Danny of Brgy. New Passi; Luciano Angao of Brgy. San Antonio; Jocelyn Estrada of Brgy. San Pablo; Adelfa Indal of Brgy. San Rafael; Rene Florida of Brgy. Tina; and Myra Penequito of Brgy. Upper Katungal – were the first 4Ps batch to experience a graduation rite ever since the implementation of the program in the city in 2011.

 

The graduation ensued after the DSWD verified that each of the 15 graduates no longer have children aged 18 years old below in their family. This entails that they can fend for themselves on their own and without the cash assistance of the agency.

As such, this milestone in the lives of the 15 beneficiaries is also a manifestation of their success against their race out of being the “poorest of the poor”. True to that, all of them have sustained their children’s studies and their daily needs through the program. Now, they have graduates and even professionals who provide for their families.

One of the striking life stories among them is that of Jocelyn Estrada. Jocelyn tried her luck as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) but to no avail. That shake-up in her life is what opened the doors of 4Ps for her. After her entrance, she used the money to start a few businesses. She ventured out a “talipapa” or temporary fish market and expanded it with a “kakanin” or sticky rice cake business, which later on became even bigger as a food package catering.

With all the aid of the 4Ps, from the cash assistance to the skills development trainings coupled with her perseverance, Jocelyn’s once Nipa hut is now a concrete house. They were also able to purchase their own tricycle and is now on the track to acquire a Forward truck.

Gracing the event in flesh, DSWD 12 Assistant Regional Director Bonifacio Selma Jr. and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elenita Saavedra both conveyed their congratulations to the graduates and gratitude to the partner-stakeholders of DSWD especially to LGU-Tacurong as they turn over the case folders of the beneficiaries to the CSWDO.

Their statement was echoed by City Mayor Lino O. Montilla and City Councilor Lina O. Montilla who were also in attendance. Also, according to the incumbent government officials, the graduates can still expect interventions from the city government. Their graduation from 4Ps does not imply the end of the assistance to them from the LGU.

Further, it was during City Councilor Lina’s mayoralty back in 2009 that the 4Ps started to take shape in Tacurong. Now that she is a legislator, it humbles her and fills her heart to see the beneficiaries under her term finally lift themselves from poverty.

 

At the present, there are 2,554 Registered 4Ps Beneficiaries from the 20 barangays of Tacurong and only 2,072 members are still active as the others had already moved out and been pulled out from the list while 209 grantees, including the aforementioned 15, already finished or graduated from availing the government aid. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)

 

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DSWD 12 lauds LGU-Tacurong with four “PaNaTa Ko sa Bayan” awards

Merited for its exemplary implementation and support of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XII (DSWD 12), the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong bagged four Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNaTa Ko sa Bayan) awards from DWSD 12 on March 19, 2021, at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

Under the PaNaTa Ko sa Bayan Awards, Tacurong was commended with two Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS) Awards— the Model LGU Implementing Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and LGU Implementing an Outstanding Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Micro enterprise Development Model.

It was also given one Gawad Serbisyo Award received by Gender and Development (GAD) Technical Working Group Chairperson Nancy M. Bawe for being an active external volunteer and support on the conduct of multiple programs and services for women and children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one “Salamat Po!” Award conferred to City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla for his significant role towards DSWD 12’s projects in the locality.

In the region, Tacurong excelled among other LGUs and was the only city to receive the two specific GAPAS awards for having its efforts in assuring the sustainability of the livelihood programs translated into aces on the criteria set for the awards.

Some of the standards the LGU has successfully carried out were the dispense and liquidation of financial assistance, provision of facilities to cater the various program personnel, and the submission of updated accomplishment and progress reports.

The LGU was represented in the awarding ceremony by Rogelio Garcia, Executive Assistant to Mayor Montilla. “I’d like to give encouragement to the DSWD to continue its efforts and for all other LGUs to recognize the DSWD as well,” said Garcia who also expressed his thanks on behalf of Mayor Montilla towards the awards given.

DSWD 12 Regional Director Cezario Joel C. Espejo also conveyed his message towards the people in attendance coming from private and government agencies in the region.

The awarding was conducted in consonance with the 70th Anniversary of DSWD with the theme ” DSWD: Kabalikat ng Mahihirap sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. It aimed to shed light to people and organizations who vowed to ensure beneficial undertakings for various sectors of the community especially to the marginalized recipients. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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Tacurong City completes SAP cash distribution early

The City of Tacurong is among the first local government units to have completed their Social Amelioration Program or SAP cash distributions in Region 12.

Through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CDWD), the city government began the distribution as early as April 14 starting with the farthest and least populated barangays.

With guidance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Region XII, the distributions were held per barangay allowing for mass gathering with strict observance of social distancing.

The main distribution ended on April 22 with Barangay Poblacion, the most populated in the city, preparing three different venues to accomodate their sheer number. Barangay New Isabela, the second most populated, did the same prior.

As per CSWD’s report, there were 16,926 beneficiaries who were able to claim P5000 each during the distribution dates giving a total of P84,630,000.

However, there remained P2,985,000 from 597 unclaimed or disqualified beneficiaries. There was also P420,000 returned cash. These amounts, which totaled to P3,405,000, were re-distributed to other qualified beneficiaries.

In sum, the City of Tacurong was able to distribute P88,035,000 SAP cash assistance to 17,607 beneficiaries.

The distribution was also made possible through the assistance of the City Treasurer’s Office, City Accounting Office, City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office, Tacurong City PNP, Joint Task Force Talakudong, 1st Mechanized Brigade, and the barangay governments.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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