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Mayor Montilla elected Region 12 representative of League of Cities of the Philippines

Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla, despite being a first-termer, has immediately gained the trust of his colleagues and made him the voice of Region 12 in the influential League of Cities of the Philippines.

All 145 city mayors in the country gathered together for the first time since the local elections and chose among themselves the new officers who will sit for the current term 2019-2022.

The meeting was held in time with the 68th General Assembly of the LCP held at Edsa Shangri-La on July 19, 2019.

Meanwhile, Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City was elected as national president.

Institutionalized under Section 499 of Local Government Code, LCP was organized for the “primary purpose of ventilating, articulating, and crystallizing issues affecting city government administration”. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Mayor Montilla mentored newly elected officials in the region

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla mentored twenty Local Chief Executives in Region XII during the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) program of the DILG dubbed Component II – Basic Orientation: First Critical Days for the Re-elected Local Officials of the NEO Program on October 4 in Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City.

With topics in Fiscal Management and Participatory and Transparent Governance, the city mayor highlighted in her mentoring the best practices of the Local Government of Tacurong under her watch such as the on-site consultation per LGU office and per barangay during budget preparation; giving recognition to top business taxpayers and top barangays in real property tax collection; and, institutionalization of the Business One Stop Shop to simplify and hasten the processing of business permits in the city. In addition, one of the highlights of Mayor Montilla’s presentation was the Php2 million City Aid given to each of Tacurong’s twenty barangays as the city’s assistance for their development projects and activities regardless of income status and political affiliation. The same city aid concept has been replicated by other LGUs in the region.

Also present as mentors during the event were General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera and NAPOLCOM XII Acting Regional Director Veronica C. Hatague. DILG XII Regional Director Reynaldo M. Bungubung and OCD XII Regional Director Minda Morante were also present to support the event.

Mayor Montilla has recently finished training as a mentor at the Mentoring for Optimal Leadership and Development (MOLD) Mentor’s Program on September 27-29, 2016 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City. She is now part of the Pool of Local Governance Mentors of the Local Government Academy (LGA). (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Sarangani LGUs Learn CBMS from Tacurong

Representatives from eight other LGUs in the region visited Tacurong-LGU on February 9, 2016 for a Cross-Learning Visit on Community-Based Monitoring System – Accelerated Poverty Profiling or CBMS APP. A tablet-based household survey of different barangays, CBMS enumerators gather data to be used on disaster risk reduction and management. Tacurong City was the first LGU in the region to implement CBMS-APP.

The visiting LGUs were from the provincial office of Sarangani and municipalities of Glan, Malapatan, Kiamba, Maasim, Alabel, Maitum, and Malungon. The municipal delegates represent their respective Municipal Local Government Office and Municipal Planning and Development Office, which are the main proponents of the CBMS technical working groups.

During the visit, the delegates made a courtesy call to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla where they were welcomed and briefed on Tacurong’s experience in conducting their own CMBS survey last November 2014 to March 2015. The cross-learning was conducted at the CDRRMC building where overviews of the Tacurong City CBMS Implementation was given by Mr. Alberto Sero, CLGOO and CBMS Over-all Coordinator; and Tacurong City CMBS Experience, which was given by Elmer B. Felongco, CBMS Project Coordinator.

The presentations highlighted Tacurong’s own CBMS cross-learning experience in Tanaoan City in Luzon, the processes involved to get the project up and running, and the results attained during the duration of the project.

Tacurong-LGU made sure to advice the visitors on the possible pitfalls of the project, important improvements they can implement in their own CBMS monitoring, and other important tips that can help address idiosyncrasies in LGUs as regards the CBMS project.

The same cross-learning visit has been conducted by Arakan-LGU and Kidapawan-LGU in November 2015. (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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