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LGU-Tacurong goes full on with wheelchair distribution for PWDs

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong has amplified its assistance towards Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with a two – day wheelchair and food pack distribution on December 15-16, 2020.

Spearheaded by City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla and City First Lady Cora Montilla, the LGU delivered thirty (30) wheelchairs and food packs right on the front doors of identified PWDs from nine (9) barangays — New Lagao, Buenaflor, EJC Montilla, New Isabela, Griño, San Rafael, Tina, San Emmanuel and San Pablo.

Along with the wheelchairs and food packs, some recipients were also subjected for further support due to their tragic situations.

For instance, following Mayor Montilla’s instruction, 22-year-old Jeron Jurilla of Brgy. Griño will be scheduled by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to a Physical Therapy for his involuntary stiffness and spasms due to Cerebral Palsy.

On the other hand, 61-year-old Lucia Delmo, a stroke patient, has been bedridden for one (1) year on a bed placed near a pigpen inside their half-roofed house. Seeing this, Mayor Montilla tapped New Isabela’s Punong Barangay, Hon. Juaren Javier, to provide roofing and other housing materials for Lucia’s family. He also promised them a sack of rice to aid their daily needs.

Likewise, Mayor Montilla also pledged a sack of rice to 63-year-old Joeffrey Ferje of Brgy. San Pablo who is enduring a Parkinson’s disease for ten (10) years now. A brand-new electric fan will also be given to him to ease his difficulty of breathing and replace his old, frameless fan.

So far, the LGU has reached forty-two (42) out of the fifty (50) identified PWDs including the twelve (12) who previously received their wheelchairs and food packs last November 27, 2020.

These are only some of the LGU-assisted programs in the city for PWDs initiated by Mayor Montilla. Next year, a larger number of PWDs will be catered and served especially for their medication needs because the LGU anticipates the completion of the People’s Dialysis Center in Tacurong. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)

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Tacurong hails 4 women achievers

Shedding light to the triumphant stories of marginalized women, four (4) ladies of various vocations were hailed as Tacurong Women Achievers by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) for their remarkable contribution to their families and communities, December 7, 2020.

After a thorough screening done by the CTCDW to thirteen (13) nominees from four categories, the women who emerged as most deserving of the recognition were: Merlina Caspillo, a volunteer worker; Sonia Libres, a housemaid; Melejenda Portuito, a farmer; and Jocelyn Libo-on, a Person with Disability (PWD).

Their challenges in life didn’t set them back from reaching greater heights. Through their dedication and perseverance, the four awardees manifested better lives. Now, most of their children are established professionals such as seafarers, teachers and police officers.

“These days, we are able to eat right or even more than enough, unlike before,” Sonia Libres told the audience through a video presentation.

Out of the four winners, Jocelyn Libo-on was the only remaining single lady. Libo-on had her right eye visually impaired in an accident, making her a PWD but even so, her time and effort were devoted towards the community and fellow PWDs as a president of the Women with Disability Federation.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla congratulated the achievers and further acknowledged the significant roles of women in the society and in their family especially as wives to their partners. In his message, he underlined that the women achievers’ success stories should set a precedent to other women to pursue and achieve greatness barring the gender prejudices.

Also present in the awarding ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center were City Councilor David Salazar, City First Lady Cora Montilla, CTCDW Chaiperson Janet Collado and Vice Chairperson Susie Daza, and the representatives of the academe and other organizations.

The four winners each received Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000) cash prize, one sack of rice, a plaque of recognition, and a bouquet of flowers.

The Tacurong Women Achievers award was a nod to the National Women’s Month last March 2020 aiming the continuous empowerment of women as catalysts of change and active contributors in the society. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)

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