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Tacurong City vet office spread rabies awareness

In celebration of the Rabies Awareness Month, the Office of the Veterinary Services of LGU-Tacurong, headed by City Veterinarian Dra. Hermenegilda S. Sanque, together with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a school-based symposium on rabies awareness on March 22 at the New Isabela Central School gymnasium.

More than two hundred 4th and 5th graders attended the activity together with their class advisors, members of the faculty, and school principal Dr. Jeanilyn C. Batchar, PhD.

Aside from Dra. Sanque, other members of the panel were Dr. Jeneffer R. Bulawan, Regional Rabies Coordinator of the DOH, Dr. John B. Pascual, OIC Asst. Director for Operation of the DOH, and Mrs. Riza L. Abejero of the city’s Animal Bites and Treatment Center.

With the theme “Rabies Iwasan, Alaga’y Pabakunahan”, the panelists gave information on rabies and emerging livestock diseases, responsible pet ownership, the Anti-Rabies Act or Republic Act 9482, animal bite treatment, and other anti-rabies information.

Barangay New Isabela was also the chosen beneficiary of this year’s Rabies Awareness Month. From March 14 to 22, the personnel from the city veterinary office conducted a house-to-house visit with the residents of the barangay and provided free anti-rabies vaccine to a total of 1,073 pet dogs.

During the symposium, the city vet personnel provided veterinary services to the residents of Brgy. New Isabela including free anti-rabies vaccine, free consultation, deworming, and minor treatment.

The same symposium was conducted at Tacurong Pilot Elementary School on March 23 with over a thousand learners in attendance.(YMR, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Tacurongnons get P1.56M worth of Kabuhayan Starter Kits

A total of P1,560,000 worth of DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits were distributed to 156 individuals in Tacurong City on March 17, 2017.

The turnover ceremony on March 17 was conducted for the enlisted program beneficiaries in the year 2016. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had allotted P1.8 million pesos for 180 beneficiaries. Out of 180, only 156 received their kits during the turnover. The remaining 24 individuals who are market laborer are set to receive their kits next quarter.

Of the 156 beneficiaries, majority or 37 were dressmakers who availed sewing machines; followed by 21 welders who received welding machines. Other livelihood ventures include hog-raising (18 beneficiaries); electrical installation & repair (18); corn vending (18); carpentry (13); carenderia (12); balut vending (3); kakanin vending (3); bibingka making; vulcanizing (3); mechanic (2); baking (2); poultry raising (1); puto kutsinta making (1); halo-halo vending (1); and shake vending (1).

Beneficiaries are composed parents of child laborers, persons with disability, informal sector, and former overseas Filipino workers.

Each individual received P10,000 worth of tools, equipment, and supplies depending on their proposed or existing livelihood ventures.

Ricky Baculod of Barangay Poblacion was among the electricians who received new tools: Daku guid nga butang nga may dugang kami nga mga gamit para sa amon pagpangabuhi.

Baculod was also one of the graduates of Electrical Installation and Repair NCII facilitated by the LGU in partnership with TESDA.


The provision of Kabuhayan Starter Kits is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) funded through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program. The BUB Program is under the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement, DOLE transferred the funds to LGU-Tacurong. The LGU then worked on the procurement of the tools and equipment for the beneficiaries’ kits.

Moreover, the Tacurong Public Employment Service Office (PESO) facilitated the enlistment and orientation of qualified beneficiaries for the program. It also assisted beneficiaries in filling in individual profile forms and business proposals.

Moreover, the City Social Welfare and Development Office assisted in identifying PWD beneficiaries.

DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Director Arlene Bisnon expressed her gratitude to the LGU for the productive partnership. She said that the partnership will not end now that the starter kits have been distributed. “We will monitor the status of each livelihood venture to make sure that it is sustainable,” she said.

“Amon guid nga ginapangamuyo nga ang inyo nga mga negosyo mag-lambo para sa inyo pamilya. Tani gamiton ninyo ni adlaw-adlaw sa pagpangabuhi,” addressed Mayor Lina Montilla to the beneficiaries during the turnover ceremony.

Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, Councilors David Salazar, Welson Ferrer, Lalaine Montilla, and Charito Collado, and DILG Officer Alberto Sero l also expressed their support to the beneficiaries during the program. (JLBF, LGU Tacurong City)

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TaTaPP graduation 2nd batch.

More drug surrenderers in Tacurong graduate TaTaPP

Fifteen drug surrenderers from Barangay Upper Katungal and Barangay Tina became the second batch of graduates or Empowered Brethrens (EB) from the 5-day live in training of the TaTaPP or Tatap Tabang Para sa Paglaom program on March 9, 2017 at the Boy Scout Camp, New Carmen, Tacurong City.

Present during the ceremony were Rev. Fr. Zaldy Robles, DCC, TaTaPP Program Director; Mr. Alberto Sero, CLGOO; PSUPT RANIE HACHUELA, Tacurong City Chief of Police; J/SINSP NIMROD S VALENIA, Jail Warden BJMP-Tacurong City; Punong Barangay Ma. Lourdes Bogador of Brgy. Tina, and the barangay officials of Upper Katungal and Tina.

Also present were the facilitators of the program who are trained volunteers coming from the Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria Parish, LGU-Tacurong, BJMP, PNP, and DSWD Region XII among others.

The families of the EBs also attended to surprise them while the first batch graduates of TaTaPP attended to extend their support to their fellow EBs.

After the 5-day live in training, the EBs will continue with the TaTaPP program for six months in their respective barangays.

The TaTaPP program is the official community rehabilitation program of Tacurong where it uses a therapeutic community approach. The program also provides training to the EB’s family and community for a truly encompassing recovery. (YMR, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Tacurong SPES grantees join the fun at SPES Day 2016

A cheering crowd of over a thousand SPES grantees from all over the province of Sultan Kudarat congregated to celebrate this year’s SPES Day. With the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho”, the event was hosted by the Notre Dame of Tacurong College, organized by the DOLE-SK, and held at the NDTC gymnasium on May 12, 2016.

In attendance were Ms. Naomi Lyn Abellana, DOLE-XII Asst. Regional Director, Ms. Arlene R. Bisnon, DOLE-SK Field Office Head, and Jonix Paniagua, President of PESOMASK.

All of LGU-Tacurong’s SPES grantees joined in on the fun, as well as grantees from the Quezon Colleges of Southern Philippines, Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Notre Dame of Lambayong, Archdiocese Notre Dame Schools of Cotabato, Fit Mart Tacurong, Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat, and the local government units of President Quirino, Isulan, Lambayong, Bagumbayan, Esperanza, and Kalamansig..

SPES Day 2016 began with a parade at seven o’clock in the morning, which coursed from the Tacurong City Hall to the NDTC gym, and followed by a Eucharistic mass. During the program proper, the grantees jump-started the fun by performing each of their energetic yells; games of Pinoy Henyo and touch ball followed.

Simultaneous with the games was an Anti-Illegal Recruitment Seminar, which was held at the conference room of  NDTC. A select number of SPES grantees attended the seminar.

The highlight of the day was the pop dance competition where each participating group rendered their own choreography of one official dance music. After the demonstration, the dance groups performed in a showdown, street style. LGU-Tacurong SPES took home the prize.

Further, a SPES Day tradition was not missed. The Mr. and Ms. SPES 2016 pageant was held in the afternoon. NDTC and LGU-Tacurong took home the crowns as Miss and Mister SPES 2016 respectively. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Tacurong City bags second Red Orchid Award

For the second time, the City of Tacurong received the prestigious RED ORCHID AWARD from DOH this April 27, 2016 at The Farm Resort & Restaurant, Koronadal City. In behalf of the city mayor, City of Tacurong was represented by Hon. Rodrigo Jamorabon, Dr. Giovanni D. Deles, and the Environmental and Sanitation Section staff.

Last year, the City of Tacurong received its first Red Orchid Award for having a score of 92%. This year, the city got a staggering 103.45%. During the awarding ceremony, the City of Tacurong has been recognized as the region’s second place to have the highest total score during last October 2015 onsite evaluation conducted by the national validating team sent by DOH.

Dr. Ma. Encarnita B. Limpin, executive director of Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, Philippines (“FCAP”) who delivered her keynote address on the said ceremony emphasized that there are too many people suffering from lung cancer because of the effects of tobacco. She also added that during the first implementation of the smoke-free campaign, she doubted that it would be a great success among government agencies because some chief executives or members of the local government units are smoking, but today’s awardees show that it can be done regardless if the leaders in the community are smoking or not.

This year, there are 290 finalists all over the country, 16 of them are Red Orchid Awardees from Region XII. Red Orchid Awardees under the Government Offices Category are PhilHealth Regional Office 12, North Cotabato District Jail, Civil Service Commission Regional Office 12, a Hall of Famer. Under Government Hospital Category are Cotabato Sanitarium a Hall of Famer, Lambayong District Hospital, Roel I. Senador Memorial Hospital, a Hall of Famer; and Under Local Government Units are Tacurong City, Alabel, Bagumbayan, Kalamansig, President Rosas, Tulunan, Carmen, Makilala, Mlang, and Kidapawan City.

On the awarding ceremony, the City of Tacurong received one customized Red Orchid trophy, one big plaque of recognition, one tarpaulin, one Medical kit, one unit electric fan, and medicine supplies.

DOH Red Orchid Award is an annual search for the 100 % Tobacco-Free Environment covering government offices and hospitals and local government units. (Paul Allan Aque, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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