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LGU Tacurong, DA distribute fertilizer discount vouchers to Tacurong rice farmers


More than 500 rice farmers from five barangays in the City of Tacurong received fertilizer voucher discounts from the Department of Agriculture (DA) on August 5, 2022 at the Brgy. Baras Gymnasium.
The program was intended to help lessen the burden of our local farmers from high prices of rice fertilizer nowadays.
The said beneficiaries are from Barangay Baras, Rajah Muda, Upper Katungal, Lancheta, and New Passi.
The distribution was led by the Local Government Unit of Tacurong through the City Agricultural Service Office, with assistance from the Provincial Agriculture Office, and the Department of Agriculture Region XII.
Ms. Jonell Kris P. Jarrell delivered a warm message to our local rice farmers on behalf of our Provincial Agriculturist, Estela S. Hallegado.
Hon. Nestor Casador, Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee Chairperson on Agriculture, and City Administrator Ramon Losañes, who represented City Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, were also present at the event. They assured our farmers that this was only a fraction of what was planned by the LGU and that even more plans and programs are being prepared for our local farmers.
Other SP members who attended were Hon. Ralen Tabusares-Bernardo, Hon. Carlos Borromeo Segura, Hon. Geraldine Collado, and Hon. Harvey Legas. Baras Punong Barangay Doroteo Delicana and Hernane Fermo, Executive Assistant for Barangay Affairs, were also in attendance.
Cristine Joy Abidong, representing Regional Rice Focal Person Ray Embajador, explained the said discount voucher as to how and where our local rice farmers can avail of it.
She explained that the discount will be based on the number of hectares declared by the farmer on the Registry System for the Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
To be an eligible beneficiary, you must be RPSBA-registered rice farmer and have received certified seeds from the DA.
Vouchers can be used at 4 different merchants in Tacurong: Rueland, Abigail Farm Supply, Green Gems, and M.Y. Consumer Goods.
The beneficiaries were grateful to have received this type of program because it will significantly reduce their expenses on their rice farming. (PJV, LGUTac-Info)
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CHO confers awards to top-performing barangays on health programs


GENERAL SANTOS CITY - The City Health Office of Tacurong gave awards to barangays that displayed exemplary performance in the implementation of health programs.
The awarding rite happened in time with the conduct of two-day program implementation review and orientation on rabies elimination, control, and prevention on July 28 to 29, 2022 in General Santos City.
Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and SP Committee Chairperson on Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Harvey Legas gave out the certificates together with City Health Office Giovanni Deles, Assistant City Health Officer Mirriam Roco, and the respective program implementers.
Under the National Immunization Program, San Pablo was declared as top performing barangay on two fronts: fully immunized children and contraceptive prevalence rate.
For fight against tuberculosis, four barangays excelled on Treatment Success Rate: Baras and New Carmen tied for the top spot, while Tina and New Passi placed second and third, respectively.
For Tuberculosis Case Detection, Barangay San Antonio topped all barangays by attaining 171 percent detection rate. Poblacion came in second with 94.73 percent and Tina placed third with 93.3 percent.
Barangay Griño was the sole awardee for the Animal Bite Program, while Barangay New Passi topped the Blood Donation Services being the only barangay in the city to reach one percent of its population.
Three barangays were also recognized after performing very well on nutrition program implementation: Rajah Muda, Kalandagan, and Upper Katungal.
Meanwhile, three barangays performed satisfactorily in implementation of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program: EJC Montilla, Baras, and Lancheta. Barangay Tina was also graded excellent in conducting matrix on intensive treatment for stimulant use.
Mayor Lechonsito lauded the best-performing barangays and challenged them to do more because “at the end of the day, it’s only the people who can judge us if we really performed well.”
Present also during the activity of the CHO were City Budget Officer Imelda Pamplona, City Human Resource Management Officer Elsa Indanao, City Veterinarian Allan Alimajen, Jr., Executive Assistant Ana Marie Cajandig, and Statistician lll Elmer Felongco. (ASF, LGU Information)
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Mga kasapi ng Tacurong city security force, sumailalim sa pagsasanay


Sa layong mas mapaigting pa ang pagbabantay sa mga lugar at gusaling-pampubliko sa lungsod ng Tacurong, isinailalim sa training at refresher course ang 150 na mga dati at bagong kasapi ng Tacurong City Security Force.
Nagsimula ang training kahapon, Hulyo 28, kung saan idinaos ito sa Regional Evacuation Center sa Barangay Calean.
Sa kabuuan, tatagal ang training sa loob ng limang araw kung saan hinati sa dalawang batches ang mga magsasanay.
Karamihan sa mga trainees ay mga dating kasapi ng Explosive Ordnance Reconnaisance Agents o EORA ng lungsod.
Dalawang araw tatagal ang training para sa unang grupo at dagdag na dalawang araw para sa ikalawa. Samantala, magsasama ang dalawang batches sa ikalimang araw para sa kanilang graduation.
Sa pagbubukas ng training kahapon, dinaluhan ito nina Konsehal Ralen Tabusares-Bernardo at Konsehal Carlos Borromeo Segura.
Nanguna sa pagbuo mg training na ito si Pordencio Fermo na siyang nakatalagang pinuno ng Civil Security Unit ng lungsod.
Ang training na ito ay nabuo sa kagustuhan ni Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito na mas mapatatag pa ang seguridad sa lungsod.
Maliban sa mga local resource persons, may inimbita ding batikang tagapagsanay mula Metro Manila.(ASF, LGU Info)
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Tacurong Tourism Council approves foundation day & Talakudong activities

Members of the Tacurong City Tourism Council assembled for a meeting on July 12 at the city mayor's conference room. City Mayor Joseph George L. Lechonsito presided over as chairperson.
Agenda for the meeting included the presentation of calendar of activities for the upcoming Tacurong Day in August and the Talakudong Festival in September.
The festivities are slated to begin on August 3 during the foundation day and will run their course through September 18, which is the highlight of the Talakudong festival.
As per approved proposal, the usual activities from the pre-pandemic celebrations will be resumed, some forgottten ones will be revived, and other first-time activities will be arranged.
For instance, the Munting Mutya ng Tacurong City will be making a comeback; the barangays' agricultural fair will again setup booths at the city hall grounds; a food fair and trade fair will be arranged along the festival vicinity; and the Indak- indak sa Kadalanan will again color the streets of the city.
First-time activities will include the 1st Tacurong Sports Festival among others. Celebrities will also be invited to grace at least three festival activities, one of which is a celebrity basketball game wherein a team from the LGU will battle it out against a team composed of celebrities.
The calendar of activities will be posted prior to August.
Also present during the council meeting were City Vice Mayor Lina O. Montilla, ABC president Hon. Amoilo L. Ortizo, and city councilors Hon. Ralen Tabusares- Bernardo, Hon. Harvey P. Legas, and Hon. Geronimo P. Arzagon.
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Hovering through the setbacks of the COVID-19 dilemma for 2 years, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla punctuated an economic outlook for Tacurong – by sustaining the city’s local economy through infrastructures and investors – in his 1st State of the City Address (SOCA) during the Formal Opening of the Regular Session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong, January 19, 2022.


Bent on optimizing the city’s economic growth, Mayor Lino believes that infrastructure buildup will boost job creations, employment, and constituents’ reception of services which will all later on fuel the economy of Tacurong to thrive amid the crisis.


After recounting the fluctuating COVID-19 crisis in the city and his avid call for vaccination and boosters, Mayor Lino then highlighted some of the ongoing constructions and developments he assumed and continued from the previous administration of the late City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla.


One of which is the People’s Dialysis & Diagnostic Center which is currently in its Phase 3 of completion.


Another is the Development of Pioneer or Veterans Avenue in Brgy. Poblacion for the benefit of all the TODAs in the city. It will also serve as one of the food stations in the city to help and encourage local vendors.


Underway also in the city is the Redevelopment of Magsaysay Park Project under the Green, Green, Green Program of the Department of Budget and Management that is already at 67 percent.


On the other hand, the thoroughfares of Tacurong are already well-lit with the near completion of the P50-million solar streetlight Mayor Angelo has started. This is accompanied by the center island project of the Department of Public Works and Highways that also provides brighter illumination to the national highways of the city.


Mayor Lino also stressed that to ramp up a better road experience for the motorists by alleviating traffic in the main district highways, the 13-kilometer East Bypass Road under the ROLL IT program of the Department of Trade and Industry is already at 52 percent.


This is coupled with the ongoing West Bypass Road Project concretion. Soon, there will be a circumferential road connecting the west and east bypass roads that will function as diversion roads for trucks and other heavy vehicles in the city.


Farm-to-market roads are also included in Mayor Lino’s checklist for development as the LGU continues to dispense annual city aid to our barangays for their road repair and concreting projects.


As for the LGU’s infrastructures in its vicinity, Mayor Lino has greenlighted additional funding for the remaining furnishes of the new Executive and Legislative Buildings.


Further, Mayor Lino stressed that one marker of the revival of the local economy is the booming business sector. In 2021, 2,504 business registrants were logged with 426 of these belonging to new registrations.


Mayor Lino also elatedly conveyed that Tacurong has taken in its arms bigger business entities such as the NCCC Davao which has begun setting up its Hypermarket behind Dragon Gasoline Complex in Brgy. New Isabela.


This is just in addition to the presence of Robinsons and Gaisano malls which have already acquired properties for their structures in the city as well as the looming possibility of SM Malls also entering Tacurong.


As for Mayor Lino’s self-initiative, on the progressive lookout are the installation of a Digital Traffic System; the formation of a Super Health Center to bolster the existing City Health Office; the creation in Brgy. Calean of an Eco-Tourism Park, as well as a 20-bed Balay Silangan as a temporary rehabilitation shelter for drug offenders; the construction of a 6-court badminton facility inside Tacurong Pilot Elementary School; and the placement of 270 solar panels on the roof of Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center intended for the whole city hall building’s power supply.


In conclusion to his SOCA, Mayor Lino articulated his earnest appreciation to SP Tacurong, his colleagues, the employees of the city government, all stakeholders, and most especially the people of Tacurong for the continued support and unity to the LGU and his leadership.


City Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the 8th SP Lalaine J. Montilla also responded to the Local Chief Executive’s statement by citing the existing Executive-Legislative Agenda or ELA which has assisted both branches to execute unified decisions towards the employment of better services and programs for Tacurongnons.

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