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No fireworks show this Inugyunay Festival

We will not be seeing the fireworks display in December.

In its meeting earlier today, the Inugyunay Festival Committee declared the fireworks show as a no-go after receiving recommendation from PNP and AFP-Joint Task Force Talakudong to cancel it on security reasons.

In a joint letter sent to the city government by Chief of Police Supt. Joefel Siason and JTF Talakudong Commander Col. Efren Baluyot, they stated that their recommendation for cancellation of the fireworks show is based on their assessment of the present security threat in the city and surrounding areas.

Aside from Tacurongnons, hundreds of people from neighboring municipalities are converging on the streets of the city for the fireworks display every 23rd of December. At least 10,000 people are witnessing the spectacle each year.

Supt. Siason said they do not want this gathering to be taken advantage of those who want to sabotage peace and order.

Mayor Lina Montilla said that as much as the city government wants to have the fireworks, it is important to abide by the advice of the authorities.

Meanwhile, the Inugyunay festival committee said that other events will still push through such as the nightly presentations, light-a-tree contest, pasine sa paskwa, and parol-making contest.

Tourism Officer Emelie Jamorabon assured the people that the city’s Christmas festival will still be spectacular despite not having the annual fireworks display. (ASFreno, LGU Information)

Mayor Montilla goes office-hopping in budget consultations

In a bid to efficiently utilize and allocate local government’s finances, Mayor Lina Montilla went the extra mile in budget consultations by personally going to each of LGU offices to deliberate office budgets with department heads and employees.

Although taxing and time-consuming, the mayor and Budget Officer Nestor Nomananap have been doing this unique budget consultation annually to see the real and actual needs of each office.

Traditionally, the mayor calls all department heads in an executive meeting to deliberate on their office budgets. This system usually result to less efficient allocation of funds since articulate and aggressive office heads may get bigger budgets while the less vocal ones may have difficulty in lobbying for their real office needs.

By visiting the offices, it is sometimes the mayor who sees the need for additional computers, manpower, or even the need for replacement of airconditioning units in a particular office.

For the first two days of budget dialogues that started on September 4, offices that have been visited were: City Assessor’s Office, General Services Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Vice Mayor’s Office, and Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. (ASF-LGU Information)

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Farmers in Kalandagan receive training and livelihood

Thirty (30) subsistence farmers in Barangay Kalandagan this city became the beneficiaries of a 16-week crop and livestock management training of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Dubbed Project LINA (Livelihood Improvement Through Needed Agricultural Intervention), the program was facilitated by LGU Tacurong through the Office of Agricultural Services headed by City Agriculturist Leoncia Nebres and the DA’s Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

The program is part of the DA’s Tier 2 – Extension Services for the 22 Poorest Provinces in the Philippines (T2-ES22PPP) and has a working budget of Php1 million. It aims to capacitate and empower farm families through trainings and help them increase their annual household income by at least 20%.

On the ground, LGU Tacurong conducted a community needs assessment and visioning with the beneficiaries; the latter were able to choose the livelihood that they wanted to receive ranging from crops to livestock.

The training entitled “Integrated Pest Management and Livestock Management” began in March 2018. On the same month, the DA delivered hybrid corn seeds to the beneficiaries. A parcel of land owned by Mr. Silvino Crispino, Jr. in Kalandagan was volunteered to be the corn farming’s laboratory.

In the following months leading to June 2018, the beneficiaries received their 4 goats (3 does and 1 buck) each, swine, rice seeds, and fertilizers.

On 11 July 2018, the 30 beneficiaries officially completed their training. A graduation program was held for the purpose and was attended by Hon. Welson Ferrer, chairperson of SP Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Geronimo Arzagon, Leoncia R. Nebres, City Agriculturist, Abdul Dayaan, Center Director ATI Region XII, and Innocencio Padilla, Supervising Officer Provincial Agriculturist Office.

“Nagapasalamat gid ako sa mga sapat nga nahatag sa amon. Kabay pa nga mapadugay kag mapalambo pa ini namon para maghatag man ang DA sa iban pa nga mga barangay,” said Joselito Ordoyo, one of the beneficiaries during the graduation program. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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Tacurong City receives bigger, better fire truck

The City of Tacurong received a brand new Rosenbauer fire truck (TLF 4000 model) from the DILG and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as part of the BFP Capability Building Program of the government.

City Fire Marshal SINSP JULIO B GABUT presented the Rosenbauer to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla during the flag raising ceremony at the Tacurong City Hall on 9 July 2018.

Rosenbauer is considered as one of the finest and top-of-the-line brands of fire trucks in the world. In particular, the Rosenbauer TLF 4000 has a water cannon that can reach at least 62 meters distance horizontally and 24 meters vertically. It has a water pump discharge capacity of 2,400 liters per minute with higher engine power that can fully navigate even highly inclined areas with its 240-horsepower engine. These make it three (3) times better than the existing fire trucks of Tacurong City Fire Station (TCFS).

A demonstration was conducted thereafter by the TCFS fire fighters to showcase the Rosenbauer’s capabilities.

Other recipients in Region XII are Koronadal City, General Santos City, and Isulan. A turn-over ceremony was officially held in Koronadal City led by CSUPT LOUIE S PURACAN, Regional Director BFP Region XII, and attended by Montilla, City Mayor Peter Miguel of Koronadal, Dr. Agripino Dacera, City DRRMO of General Santos, and Mr. Andrew Well Pallasigue, Municipal Administrator of Isulan.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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Tacurong City hold medical dental mission for the elderly

Hundreds of senior citizens in the City of Tacurong availed of the Medical and Dental Mission for the Elderly on October 27, 2017 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

The mission was spearheaded by City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito together with the entire City Vice Mayor’s Office, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Health Services Office, DOH, and the Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs.

The mission offered different medical services including medical check-up, eye exam, dental services, laboratory tests such as blood chem, vaccinations, ECG, and blood pressure check-up.

The mission also provided free medicines, free food, and free hair-cut.

A total of 626 senior citizens availed of the medical check up, 46 for eye check up, 96 for pneumonia vaccine, and 75 for flu vaccine.

The physicians who rendered services included the City Vice Mayor himself, Dr. Joseph George Lechonsito, as well as Dr. Giovanni Deles, Dr. Miriam Rocco, Dr. Emelyn Nepucpan, Dr. Zita Garingo, Dr. Renalyn Masukat, Dr. Raquel Salayog, and Dr. Renie Guardiano. Dr. Nestor Maglasang, the city dentist, rendered dental services inside the city’s dental bus.

City Councilors Hon. Chit Collado, Hon. Lalaine Montilla, and Hon. Psyche Sucaldito were present to support the event. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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