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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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LGU-Tacurong awards 100k to centenarian on top of DSWD’s 100k

History was made as the Local Government of Tacurong awarded for the first time P100, 000 cash incentive to a centenarian in addition to the same amount given by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In total, the only Centenarian Awardee this year, Soledad Nono Libo-on of EJC Montilla, received P200,000.00.

Born on August 1, 1920, Soledad is a mother to eight (8) children and a grandmother to forty-one (41) grandchildren.

According to Soledad’s eldest offspring, the 71-year old Remedios Libo-on – Dejilla, her mother withstood living through the years by keeping a healthy lifestyle: avoiding meat and only eating fish and vegetable dishes such as her favorite, “laswa.”

It is evident that Lola Soledad has well-taken care of her body since her knees are still quite strong to walk with minimal support despite of her old age.

Though memories of her daughters get mixed up sometimes, she can still vividly recall her youngest child, Rodrigo Libo-on, whom according to her will receive a tricycle from the 200,000 pesos given to her by DSWD and LGU-Tacurong.

This 2020, DSWD has recognized fifty-four (54) centenarians all throughout the region and Soledad is the last awardee to date.

In the city, Soledad is the 11th centenarian recognized by the LGU since the enactment of R.A 10868 in 2016.

The awarding last December 1, 2020 follows the mandate of the Republic Act No. 10868 or the Centenarian Act of 2016 where the National Government must award P100, 000 cash incentives to Filipino citizens who have reached the age of 100 as an act of honoring them.

This year’s additional P100, 000 cash incentive was made possible through the initiative of City Mayor Hon. Angelo O. Montilla and the funding of City Mayor’s Office.

Mayor Montilla encouraged everyone in the venue to take care of their old ones, not because of the monetary reward from the government but because when all else fail, all we have are our families.

The program at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) was also  graced by the DSWD XII Regional Representative Lavinia Bañes, City First Lady Cora Montilla, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles, OSCA Head Lorenzo Ysulat, Jr., Population Program Officer Jesus Hinayhinay, and Josephine Tizon, RSW representing City Councilor Lalaine Montilla who was at an equally important committee meeting that time. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)

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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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Indigent Senior Citizens of Tacurong Receive Social Pension

“Makabulig ining kwarta para sa mga garastuson ko sa akon panimalay.”

This was Mrs. Concepcion dela Cruz, a frail 80 year old widow, resident of Baranggay New Lagao, Tacurong City, during the releasing of her social pension on November 6, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall. She, along with other beneficiaries, made a beeline to the city hall early in the morning of the said date to receive their stipend from the government worth Php3000 for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the year.

This year, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong has listed 536 regular pensioners from all the different baranggays of its jurisdiction; they have received their first quarter stipend worth Php1500 last May 2015.

Additionally, 318 new qualified pensioners have been added to the list this quarter, and they are set to receive 3 quarters-worth of their stipend, which amounts to Php4500.

With a total of 854 pensioners this year, LGU Tacurong, through the DSWD, is able to provide Php3.843 million worth of pension as of the 3rd quarter. The remaining 4th quarter stipend is expected to be released on January 2016.

According to Mrs. Violeta Muyuela, president of the Office for Senior Citizens Affair in Tacurong, the pensioners are identified and validated individually in their respective barangays through the purok and are listed in the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the DSWD. The qualifying age of the pensioner is 65 years old, and he or she must be a resident of Tacurong.

As per Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, every qualified indigent senior citizen of a local government unit who is frail, sickly, or has disabilities; is not receiving pension from SSS, GSIS, or Veterans Pension; and does not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives can receive a monthly stipend of Php500. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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