Hovering through the setbacks of the COVID-19 dilemma for 2 years, City Mayor Lino O. Montilla punctuated an economic outlook for Tacurong – by sustaining the city’s local economy through infrastructures and investors – in his 1st State of the City Address (SOCA) during the Formal Opening of the Regular Session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong, January 19, 2022.
Bent on optimizing the city’s economic growth, Mayor Lino believes that infrastructure buildup will boost job creations, employment, and constituents’ reception of services which will all later on fuel the economy of Tacurong to thrive amid the crisis.
After recounting the fluctuating COVID-19 crisis in the city and his avid call for vaccination and boosters, Mayor Lino then highlighted some of the ongoing constructions and developments he assumed and continued from the previous administration of the late City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla.
One of which is the People’s Dialysis & Diagnostic Center which is currently in its Phase 3 of completion.
Another is the Development of Pioneer or Veterans Avenue in Brgy. Poblacion for the benefit of all the TODAs in the city. It will also serve as one of the food stations in the city to help and encourage local vendors.
Underway also in the city is the Redevelopment of Magsaysay Park Project under the Green, Green, Green Program of the Department of Budget and Management that is already at 67 percent.
On the other hand, the thoroughfares of Tacurong are already well-lit with the near completion of the P50-million solar streetlight Mayor Angelo has started. This is accompanied by the center island project of the Department of Public Works and Highways that also provides brighter illumination to the national highways of the city.
Mayor Lino also stressed that to ramp up a better road experience for the motorists by alleviating traffic in the main district highways, the 13-kilometer East Bypass Road under the ROLL IT program of the Department of Trade and Industry is already at 52 percent.
This is coupled with the ongoing West Bypass Road Project concretion. Soon, there will be a circumferential road connecting the west and east bypass roads that will function as diversion roads for trucks and other heavy vehicles in the city.
Farm-to-market roads are also included in Mayor Lino’s checklist for development as the LGU continues to dispense annual city aid to our barangays for their road repair and concreting projects.
As for the LGU’s infrastructures in its vicinity, Mayor Lino has greenlighted additional funding for the remaining furnishes of the new Executive and Legislative Buildings.
Further, Mayor Lino stressed that one marker of the revival of the local economy is the booming business sector. In 2021, 2,504 business registrants were logged with 426 of these belonging to new registrations.
Mayor Lino also elatedly conveyed that Tacurong has taken in its arms bigger business entities such as the NCCC Davao which has begun setting up its Hypermarket behind Dragon Gasoline Complex in Brgy. New Isabela.
This is just in addition to the presence of Robinsons and Gaisano malls which have already acquired properties for their structures in the city as well as the looming possibility of SM Malls also entering Tacurong.
As for Mayor Lino’s self-initiative, on the progressive lookout are the installation of a Digital Traffic System; the formation of a Super Health Center to bolster the existing City Health Office; the creation in Brgy. Calean of an Eco-Tourism Park, as well as a 20-bed Balay Silangan as a temporary rehabilitation shelter for drug offenders; the construction of a 6-court badminton facility inside Tacurong Pilot Elementary School; and the placement of 270 solar panels on the roof of Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center intended for the whole city hall building’s power supply.
In conclusion to his SOCA, Mayor Lino articulated his earnest appreciation to SP Tacurong, his colleagues, the employees of the city government, all stakeholders, and most especially the people of Tacurong for the continued support and unity to the LGU and his leadership.
City Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the 8th SP Lalaine J. Montilla also responded to the Local Chief Executive’s statement by citing the existing Executive-Legislative Agenda or ELA which has assisted both branches to execute unified decisions towards the employment of better services and programs for Tacurongnons.
Bilang paggunita sa ika-70 anyos mula nang maging munisipyo ang Tacurong, isang Misa ng Pasasalamat na pinangasiwaan nina Rev. Fr. Allen L. Polaron, DCC at Rev. Fr. Andrean P. Francisco, DCC, ang inialay nito mismong Anibersayo ng Pagkakatatag, Agosto 3, 2021.
Kasama ang temang “Kabakud kag paghiliusa sa tunga sang mga hangkat sang pandemya”, binigyang diin ng mga pari mula sa Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria na ang pandemyang hatid ng COVID-19 ay isang pagsubok lamang mula sa Maykapal at isang paraan para tayo ay maging matatag at magkaisa sa likod ng mga hamon nitong dala.
Ipinapaalala nila na ang ating paniniwala at pananampalataya sa Diyos, kasama na ang pagsunod sa mga alituntuning itinakda ng ating gobyerno para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit, at lalong-lalo na ang pagpapabakuna kontra COVID-19 ang mga tanging paraan lamang na makakapag-alis sa atin mula sa suliraning ito.
Ipinagdasal din at pinasalamatan ang mga yumaong lideres ng syudad na siyang nagserbisyo’t nag-umpisa ng kaayusan lalong-lalo na ang kamakailan lang pumanaw na Alkalde ng Tacurong, Hon. Angelo “Roncal” O. Montilla, at ang mga Punong Barangay ng Brgy. Calean at Brgy. Tina, Hon. Nelson Pampag at Hon. Ma. Lourdes Bogador.
Dumalo sa pagdiriwang ang mga opisyales ng lungsod at mga barangay na pinangunahan ng kasalukuyang Alkalde, Hon. Lino O. Montilla, at Bise Alkalde, Hon. Lalaine J. Montilla, kasama na rin ang Sangguniang Kabataan Federation ng syudad at mga empleyado ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Tacurong. Nagpaunlak din ng kanyang presensya at nakibahagi sa misa ang dating Alkalde ng Tacurong, Hon. Lina O. Montilla.
Ang nasabing Misa ng Pasasalamat ay inipinalabas din bilang livestream sa Facebook Page ng lungsod para makasali rin sa selebrasyon ng salita ng Diyos ang mga residente ng Tacurong sa kani-kanilang mga sariling tahanan. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)
With her knowledge and skill in baking, Ann Rhea Gomez wished to have her own oven or pugon so that she can go full blast in her baking business. Her wish has been granted today.
Forty-eight workers in Tacurong’s informal economy received their livelihood starter kits and nego-karts in a turnover ceremony held at the mini-gym of Barangay San Pablo.
Thirty-nine beneficiaries are all residents of San Pablo, while nine others who are parents of children at risk of child labor, came from other barangays in the city.
The beneficiaries of the project are engaging in various businesses such as baking, welding, food vending, dressmaking, vulcanizing and carpentry among others.
The Department of Labor and Employment funded the project under its DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), a grant assistance that aims to provide livelihood for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers.
DOLE downloaded the funds amounting to P798,309.40 to the barangay council of San Pablo that also serves as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking. An additional amount for GSIS insurance coverage of the beneficiaries was also paid by the DOLE.
The Public Employment Service Office of the city government of Tacurong assisted the barangay council in the implementation of the project.
Present during the turnover ceremony were DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office representative Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Willie Concepcion together with Donna Baron.
Mayor Angelo Montilla was represented by City Councilor David Salazar, City Accountant Orly Edica, and PESO Manager Allan Freno.
All members of the barangay council headed by Punong Barangay Rodolfo Jacob were present during the event.
The implementation of the livelihood project in San Pablo came in the heels of the council’s passage of a barangay resolution creating its Barangay PESO.
Barangay PESO Focal Person and Barangay Kagawad Ma. Luisa Acosta is grateful to the help of DOLE and the City LGU in the impementation of the program.
Meanwhile, Punong Barangay Jacob appealed to the beneficiaries to really take good care of the starter kits and nego-carts they received.
“Ipamalas natin na hindi nasasayang ang perang inilabas para sa proyektong ito. Gamitin natin ito para makadagdag sa ating araw-araw na kita,” Jacob said. (LGU Information)