Amid her tight itinerary, Davao City Mayor Sara ‘Inday’ Duterte-Carpio managed to sneak in Tacurong City to her long list of engagements to attend an intimate meet-and-greet with the local officials of the city government, January 07, 2021.
Clad in a green T-shirt, Inday Sara appeared before a limited number of dignitaries including City Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Vice Mayor Lalaine J. Montilla, City Councilor Lina O. Montilla – to whom Mayor Sara shares a bond with since 2010–, the rest of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and the 20 punong barangays of Tacurong at The Palm Pavilion in Brgy. Calean.
In his message, Mayor Lino uttered his warm reception of Mayor Sara for gracing Tacurong, as well as his profuse gratitude to the latter for her numerous assistances to the city over the years – one being the provision of COVID-19 Test Kits which was personally initiated by Mayor Sara through a phone call with the late City Mayor Angelo “Roncal” O. Montilla during the onset of the pandemic 2 years ago.
Further, Councilor Lina also took the podium to articulate her initial encounter with Mayor Sara during her first-timer stint in the League of Cities of the Philippines back in 2010.
In Councilor Lina’s account, as a novice Local Chief Executive (LCE) then, she took Mayor Sara as an epitome of a true public servant and even considers her as a mentor even though the former’s older than Mayor Inday.
Moreover, the then Mayor Lina also cited Mayor Sara as her source of strategies and implementations in alleviating the difficulties of Tacurong during her tenure as the city’s LCE for 9 years.
All of these lauds towards Mayor Sara were gratefully reciprocated as she herself also expressed her appreciation to the City Government of Tacurong for gracing her meet-and-greet.
Mayor Sara conveyed that all her support to Tacurong ever since are her means of lifting other nearby cities and municipalities in Mindanao and Tacurong is just one of the many.
She also reminded everyone to continue loving the nation by following through the government’s initiatives.
Present also to the simple gathering were former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Davao Occidental Governor Claude Baustista.
Former Mayor Helen Latog of Esperanza along with the other LCEs and vice mayors of some of the Sultan Kudarat municipalities – Mayor Maritess Pallasigue of Isulan, Mayor Rolando Garcia of Kalamansig, and Mayor Frederick Celestial of Lebak – have also joined the meet-and-greet.
Prior to the gathering, Mayor Inday and her team dined in for a lunch at Mama’s Love restaurant, a proof that the public servant has not only grown fond of the officials, the Montillas per se, but also of the City of Goodwill. (DEC, LGUTac-Information)