Hundreds of students from eight (8) schools divisions in SOCCSKSARGEN learned the basics of disaster risk reduction management during the School-based Disaster Resilience Caravan organized by the Office of the Civil Defense – Region XII (OCD 12) and hosted by the City of Tacurong on July 11, 2019 at the Notre Dame of Tacurong College Gymnasium.
The caravan was in line with the celebration of National Disaster Resilience Month and has a theme “Kahandaan sa Sakuna at Peligro Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”. Part of the caravan is a lecture and demo activity where Basic Concepts of First Aid were given by the Philippine Red Cross – Tacurong City Chapter; Fire Safety by the Bureau of Fire Protection; Earthquake Preparedness by PHIVOLCS General Santos City Station; and, Bomb Awareness by the Joint Task Force Talakudong.
Participating agencies, which included the Tacurong City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center, OCD 12, PHIVOLCS, the City Schools Division of Tacurong, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center, the Philippine Red Cross, JTF Talakudong, and BFP– also built exhibits at the venue where they were able to indulge students with demonstrations.
The participating schools divisions were that of Tacurong City, Koronadal City, Saranggani Province, South Cotabato Province, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat Province, Kidapawan City, and Cotabato City. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)
In celebration of the National Heritage Month, the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, key barangay officials, and student leaders in Tacurong City joined the Cultural Summit organized by the Tacurong City Local Culture and Arts Council in partnership with Notre Dame of Tacurong College (NDTC) on May 30, 2019 at the NDTC Conference Room.Keynote speaker was Dr. Carlo B. Ebeo who discussed his research– Origins, Constructs, and Characterizations of the Peoples of South Central Mindanao. Multi-hyphenate Leonardo Rey S. Cariño also tackled Issues and Concerns on Cultural Appropriation while Prof. Al-Nazzer B. Ali discussed Diffusion and Distribution of Okir Motifs and Patterns: Reflection of Moro Nuances.The cultural summit aims to teach the leader-participants of the origins and cultures of the different peoples in the city in order encourage understanding and tolerance of each other. Ultimately, this will help our local leaders serve their constituents better.
“Hate emanates because we don’t understand our neighbors. But, if we understand our culture and identity, we become peace makers ourselves.” – Prof. Al-Nazzer B. Ali.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)
Tacurong City conducts free arts and culture workshops for Heritage Month Last May was National Heritage Month and the Tacurong City Local Culture and Arts Council partnered with different organizations in the city to conduct four (4) free art and culture workshops for the Tacurongnon youth. On May 18-20, the Tacurong Arts Group organized the Panublion Drawing and Painting Workshop. Children and teens learned pottery painting using jars made by local artisans in the city.On the same dates, budding Youtube personalities in the city also learned tips and tricks on vlogging organized by the Rotaract Club Talakudong. The participants were encouraged to feature local artisans in the city to help promote the local arts scene. Photography beginners and enthusiasts also joined the Through the Lens Photography Workshop conducted by the Junior Chamber, Inc. Tacurong Kampilan on May 18 -22. As privilege for their completion of the workshop, they were made part of the documentation team for the upcoming .Tacurong City Bird Festival on June 21 – 22, 2019.The Tacurong City Writers’ Guild also took under their wings aspiring writers and poets in the city during the Signs of Life Poetry Writing workshop on May 18 – 22.As part of their culmination, arts produced from these workshops were displayed in the Panublion Art Exhibit at Primark Town Center, which ran from May 24 – 31. The culmination program was held on May 30 where certificates of completion and special awards were given to the participants of the four workshops. “Through these workshops, the city government aims to discover and cultivate homegrown artists that we can be proud of, not only in the region but in the entire country, ” Emelie Jamorabon, City Tourism Officer. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)