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At the formal opening of the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Regular Session on February 3, 2021, City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla rendered his State of the City Address and tackled the city government’s development plans for Tacurong with utmost attention to COVID-19.

Mayor Angelo unravelled at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center the P20-million vaccination plan of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong as the top priority project in the advent of this pandemic. This allotment could be augmented to vaccinate a bigger target population.

Aside from the two existing isolation facilities in Brgy. Upper Katungal, two more isolation facilities funded by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Office for Civil Defense are underway to house more returning local residents and OFWs.

Additionally, the P27.5-million People’s Dialysis Center in the city is on track to operate in 2022 before Mayor Angelo’s term ends. Adjacent to this, P14.9-million additional budget has been allocated for its laboratory machines and equipment.

On the other hand, the installation of the P10-million solar streetlights for the city streets is complete. The P50-million- national government funded solar streetlights for the national highways are also to be put in place in the first quarter of 2021.

Moreover, the finalization of the P92-million public market redevelopment proposal and the P5-million fuel depot at the public terminal for LGU transports’ consumption are also bound to be finished.

The multi-purpose executive building for the City Mayor’s Office personnel has already obligated P16 million of its P31-million construction funds. Once finished, Mayor Angelo will site his office on the ground floor to draw himself closer to the public’s concerns and suggestion. Meanwhile, the construction of the P50-million multi-purpose legislative building is 50% done.

The acquisition of heavy equipment by the LGU these past few months has also been apparent to ramp up the implementation of infrastructure projects especially the ones ‘By Administration’.

This project will cascade down to the 20 barangays through the creation of a Special Project Unit Team, wherein, 2 units of 6-wheeler dump trucks, 1 unit grader, 1 unit road roller or pison, 1 manlift, and 1 unit payloader will be on the roster for the barangay road maintenance programs.

Mayor Montilla also updated the people on the two significant legislations he sought upon taking over the mayoralty in 2019.

First, the ordinance ‘Adopting the Fair Market Value for General Revision of Real Properties’ has already been approved by both the city council and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and will be carried out by the City Assessor’s Office this March.

The second ordinance, Revision of the City Revenue Code enacted in 2011, is eyed for approval within the first quarter of 2021.

Mayor Angelo also took pride when Tacurong City became one of the very few LGUs in the region to exceed their tax collection target when it collected P131.3 million last year.

Meanwhile, this year’s Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) amassed a sum of P16, 520,811 and logged 2,158 business establishment registrations.

The estimated annual budget for the city this 2021 is at P736 million with 81% or P601.5 million coming from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). To lower the dependency rate of Tacurong from IRA, three big projects are on the line: a septage facility, a toxic waste facility, and a sanitary landfill.

Soon, at the 18.2-hectare land in Barangay Kalandagan recently acquired by the LGU, these projects will be erected to generate greater income for the city government.

As Mayor Montilla’s speech ended, he conveyed his profound gratitude to the collaborative support of the various partner[1]stakeholders, offices, and especially of the people of the city to his visions for Tacurong. Finally, he called on for the continuous unity of everyone in magnifying the common good for the city.

As a reply, City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, presiding officer of the SP, assured that Mayor Montilla’s policies and programs will be rallied with support by the legislative branch. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)

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