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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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Tacurong city vet caps rabies month with mass vaccination

In celebration of the annual Rabies Awareness Month, the City Veterinary Services Office (City Vet) of Tacurong held a free mass rabies vaccination and castration of pet dogs and cats in Barangay San Pablo Gymnasium on March 24.

Dubbed “Libreng Kapon at Bakuna para sa Aso at Pusa — Ipakapon, Huwag Itapon”, the activity was able to register and vaccinate more than 160 pets and castrate another 70.

The operations were led by City Veterinarian Dr. Allan Alimajen with help from other private veterinarians who volunteered for the activity.

Nutri Chunks (San Miguel Inc. Animal Health & Pet Care), Petwellness Animal Clinic, Fanfreluche Enterprise, Inc. also generously sponsored freebies such as pet foods and vitamins.

Also part of the month- long celebration was the advocacy campaign on responsible pet ownership and rabies awareness. The personnel of the City Vet conducted the same at the barangay assemblies.

This year’s Rabies Awareness Month has a theme “Maging Responsableng Amo, Huwag Hayaang Gumala ang Alagang Pusa’t Aso.” (YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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LGU Tacurong bares utilization report on P48.3-M Bayanihan Grant

Complying with the requirement on the use of the Bayanihan Grant, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong City disclosed to the public a report on fund utilization as well as the status of implementation of its programs and projects related to COVID-19.

Aside from being posted on conspicuous public places, the report is also posted on the LGU’s website as required by the Department of Budget and Management.

LGU Tacurong City received P48,330,974.00 assistance from the national government in April purposely to boost its war chest against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund assistance is equivalent to a one-month Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the city and part of the “Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities” provided for under Local Budget Circular 125 issued by the DBM.

The grant is one of the various emergency measures ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to respond to the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of June 30, P48.25-Million or 99.83% of the Bayanihan Grant for Tacurong has already been obligated, while P25.46-Million or 52.69% was already disbursed or released as payment to various program expenses.

Out of the funding, the LGU spent P31-Million for food assistance and other relief goods for almost 30 thousand households in 20 barangays of the city. The assistance consisted of seven kilograms of rice and P500 worth of gift certificate per household. The LGU partnered with local businesses in setting up rolling stores in the barangays to provide grocery items in exchange for the gift certificates.

In the subsequent wave of food assistance distribution, each of the households in Tacurong received five kilograms of rice.

Meanwhile, more than P5-M was allocated for the construction of a 28-room isolation facility in Barangay Upper Katungal that will accommodate the returning OFWs and locally stranded individuals.

A big chunk of the fund was also spent for purchase of isolation facility equipment and supplies as well as procurement of vitamins and supplies.

Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for health workers and other frontliners also took a sizable portion of the grant.

City Budget Officer Imelda Pamplona said that the LGU has been religiously complying with the requirements of the DBM on the utilization of the funding and added that another status report will be released to the public at the end of this month.

Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla is grateful to the funding support of the national government saying that it was a big augmentation to the calamity fund of the LGU that quickly ran dry.

“Before the release of the Bayanihan Grant, our LGU has been preparing to realign local funds for use in our COVID-19 responses. Good thing it did not happen for we already anticipate the negative effect that it will create to our other priority programs”, Montilla said. (ASFreno, LGU Information)

For the full details on fund utilization, kindly check out this link:

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LGU continues to beef up barangay anti-drug campaign

The city government continues to strengthen its fight against drugs and one way of doing it is by saturating the barangays with strong advocacies with the mayor leading the way.

In the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) launch in Brgy. New Isabela on November 7, Mayor Angelo Montilla, who also sits as chairperson of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), enjoined all stakeholders to be persistent until the drug problem is eliminated.

“The success of this program lies not only at the hands of the implementers but all the stakeholders especially the direct beneficiaries or the drug surrenderers”, the mayor said.

Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2018-125 sets the guidelines for CBRP implementation.

Under the circular, community-based treatment is adopted when a drug user or drug abuser is assessed to be low risk or has mild severity substance use disorder.

After the PNP identifies the drug surfacing personalities under its ‘tokhang’ campaign, it refers them to the Department of Health for drug dependency examination.

The surrenderers who are evaluated to have mild severity substance use disorder are then referred to the local health services offices for rehabilitation and treatment.

Those who have moderate to severe substance use disorder are referred to higher facilities like rehabilitation centers.

For Tacurong, community-based rehabilitation is handled by the Office for City Health Services.

Meanwhile, aftercare and livelihood facilitation fall under the responsibility of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

The final stage of the CBRP, which is monitoring/evaluation is the task of all CADAC members.

According to CBRP Focal Person for Health Riza Abejero, there are currently 707 Persons in Tacurong who are identified as Persons Who Used Drugs or PWUDs.

“We already launched the program to 17 barangays of the city and we hope to cover all the 20 barangays by this week”, Abejero said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Living the PMA dream

While others desire to follow the footsteps of Ensign Kathleen Rose Ea and Lt. Mariel Robles, one cadet is already a step closer of living the dream.

1CL Chester Allan dela Cruz, who hails from Barangay EJC Montilla, Tacurong City, is part of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Masidlawin Class 2020 to graduate next year.

Dela Cruz is currently in the city joining the PMA Team of Examiners for the Entrance Examination today, August 25, 2019 (Sunday).

In May of this year, Ensign Ea, daughter of a tricycle driver from San Pablo, graduated Top 19 of Mabalasik Class 2019.

The year before Ea, Lt. Robles also graduated from PMA and took the distinction as the first female PMA graduate of Tacurong.

Robles is also the first product of Tacurong Testing Center for PMA Exam.

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