Bilang paggunita sa ika-70 anyos mula nang maging munisipyo ang Tacurong, isang Misa ng Pasasalamat na pinangasiwaan nina Rev. Fr. Allen L. Polaron, DCC at Rev. Fr. Andrean P. Francisco, DCC, ang inialay nito mismong Anibersayo ng Pagkakatatag, Agosto 3, 2021.
Kasama ang temang “Kabakud kag paghiliusa sa tunga sang mga hangkat sang pandemya”, binigyang diin ng mga pari mula sa Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria na ang pandemyang hatid ng COVID-19 ay isang pagsubok lamang mula sa Maykapal at isang paraan para tayo ay maging matatag at magkaisa sa likod ng mga hamon nitong dala.
Ipinapaalala nila na ang ating paniniwala at pananampalataya sa Diyos, kasama na ang pagsunod sa mga alituntuning itinakda ng ating gobyerno para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit, at lalong-lalo na ang pagpapabakuna kontra COVID-19 ang mga tanging paraan lamang na makakapag-alis sa atin mula sa suliraning ito.
Ipinagdasal din at pinasalamatan ang mga yumaong lideres ng syudad na siyang nagserbisyo’t nag-umpisa ng kaayusan lalong-lalo na ang kamakailan lang pumanaw na Alkalde ng Tacurong, Hon. Angelo “Roncal” O. Montilla, at ang mga Punong Barangay ng Brgy. Calean at Brgy. Tina, Hon. Nelson Pampag at Hon. Ma. Lourdes Bogador.
Dumalo sa pagdiriwang ang mga opisyales ng lungsod at mga barangay na pinangunahan ng kasalukuyang Alkalde, Hon. Lino O. Montilla, at Bise Alkalde, Hon. Lalaine J. Montilla, kasama na rin ang Sangguniang Kabataan Federation ng syudad at mga empleyado ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Tacurong. Nagpaunlak din ng kanyang presensya at nakibahagi sa misa ang dating Alkalde ng Tacurong, Hon. Lina O. Montilla.
Ang nasabing Misa ng Pasasalamat ay inipinalabas din bilang livestream sa Facebook Page ng lungsod para makasali rin sa selebrasyon ng salita ng Diyos ang mga residente ng Tacurong sa kani-kanilang mga sariling tahanan. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)
Known as a leader with good track record and who plainly articulates her experiences from the heart, Mayor Lina Montilla is becoming a household name when it comes to serving as panelist in several conferences on leadership and governance, the latest of which was during the 1st Bridging Leadership International Colloquium held in Makati City on December 6-7, 2018.
In a gathering of leaders coming from various sectors of society, Mayor Montilla was one of the four mayors invited to share their experiences in bringing about change in local governance.
Other local chief executives who served as resource speakers were Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City, Mayor Alfredo Coro of del Carmen on Surigao del Norte, and Mayor Carolyn Fariñas of San Felipe in Zambales.
Participants in the colloquium included bridging leaders from provincial governments, business sector, academe, and Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, Synergos Chairperson Peggy Dulany headed the foreign delegates from the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Ethiopia.
Mayor Montilla shared the strengthened health system of Tacurong City as an offshoot of her enrolment to the one-year Health Leadership and Governance Program of Zuellig Family Foundation and Department of Health.
The program is anchored on Bridging Leadership Framework of Synergos, a global nonprofit organization which aims to effect a paradigm shift from traditional leadership into transformational one.
Mayors from hundreds of municipalities and cities in the country have benefited from the BL Program. For this international conference, only four mayors were selected to share their leadership journey and Montilla was one of them.
For Tacurong, the strong leadership shown by Mayor Montilla resulted to better health outcomes for the poor supported by engaged sectors and communities.
The mayor’s hands-on approach in addressing health problems paved way for the massive increase in health budget and provision of adequate health facilities for Tacurong.
“I previously thought that problems could be solved by my health personnel alone but later on, I realized that by being fully aware of the problem by engaging the stakeholders, I have a huge role to fill in finding solutions to the various problems”, Montilla said.
“Leaders should be co-owner of problems in order to find effective and appropriate solutions”, she added.
The strong health system of Tacurong paved way for the city to reap several recognitions from award-giving bodies including the award as Champion for Health Governance conferred by DOH, DILG, and Zuellig. (A. Freno-LGU Information)
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)
After twenty years of serving as trial court judge, Atty. Roberto Ayco brings his competency to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong as City Administrator.
Mayor Lina Montilla appointed Atty. Ayco to the position on August 7 after it became vacant due to the passing of former Administrator Eduardo Nicolo.
Deemed as a critical position in the government requiring vast expertise, the mayor sees Ayco as her fitting alter ego in running the city.
Ayco started his career in the judiciary as a Municipal Trial Court (MTC) judge. After four years in the MTC, he got his appointment as presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 26 in Surallah, South Cotabato. He made Branch 26 his home for 16 years until his retirement in December 2015.
Judge Lorenzo Balo, who succeeded Judge Ayco as presiding judge of RTC Branch 26, described his predecessor as an “embodiment of integrity, probity, and impartiality”. “It might sound paradoxical but Judge Ayco proceeds to render his judgments based on the legal truth and not on the truth”, Balo explained.
Balo said that his respect to Ayco went beyond their professional ties. “Personally, he is like a father to me who is always there to catch me when I fall”, he added.
Eight months after his retirement in 2015, Ayco was hired by LGU Tacurong as City Legal Officer. He stayed in the job for two years until his recent appointment as city administrator.
Ayco’s staff at the City legal Office speak highly of him. Genebeth Aranas described him as a strict superior who maintains an approachable personality. “Aware of our limitations, Atty. Ayco would be the first to offer his help to us if we encounter problems related to office tasks”, she said.
Another staff, Janebille Paredes, said that Atty. Ayco’s uprightness is a quality he brings from his work in the judiciary. “His emphasis is on honest governance especially in the utilization of government funds”, Paredes explained. “If a government worker erred on his job, specifically in aspect that involves government funds, that person will surely face legal consequences”.
Mayor Montilla believed that Atty. Ayco’s two-year stint as Legal Officer will pave way for an easy transition to his job as city administrator although the new position is wider in scope and entails a much larger responsibility. (AFreno-LGU Information)