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DOLE 12 releases wages of 767 emergency employment beneficiaries

A total of 767 unemployed residents from 19 barangays of Tacurong City have received their wages for the work they rendered under the TUlong PAnghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE started giving out wages of the beneficiaries on June 3 coursed through M. Lhuillier. Each beneficiary received P4, 125.00 as compensation for a 15-day work. Aside from the wages, the DOLE also provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to each worker in the form of long-sleeved shirts and hats (salakot).

The beneficiaries rendered work in April after the DOLE was able to get an exemption from the Commission on Elections.

TUPAD, which provides emergency or temporary employment to the unemployed/underemployed residents or displaced workers due to natural and man-made calamities, is one of the flagship programs of DOLE under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Under the TUPAD, the DOLE pays for the salaries, micro-insurance premium, and personal protective equipment (PPE) of the beneficiaries who will be engaged in community projects such as eco-tourism, repair and/or improvement of common public facilities, de-clogging of canals, debris clearing, basic repair of public infrastructure, repair and/or rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads and similar facilities, tree planting, seedling preparation, and other similar activities.

Pablito Jayme, a farmer from Barangay New Passi, said that the wages he received was a huge help to sustain the needs of his family. He was one of the many farmers affected by the long dry spell brought by El Niño in the area. “Malaking tulong ang trabaho na ibinigay na DOLE dahil nasusustentuhan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya ko habang wala pang produkto an gaming sakahan,” Jayme said.

Mayor Lina Montilla conveyed her thanks to the DOLE saying that the temporary employment given to the unemployed and displaced workers in the city helped them cope with the effects of the long dry spell. “I know that all LGUs were given the opportunity to avail of the emergency employment program; I’m thankful that our city was a beneficiary to this,” the mayor said. (LGU Tacurong City Information)

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Tacurong SPES grantees celebrate end of summer job

The SPES grantees of the City Government of Tacurong have successfully completed their 25-day summer employment at the different offices of the local government and other partner establishments. To commemorate such achievement, the city government held a culmination program at Monte Vicenteau Resort on May 31, 2016.

In full support were City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon and Psyche Sucaldito, Councilor-elect Dave Salazar, CILGOO Alberto Sero, and New Passi Barangay Captain Roger Bernardo. In her speech, the city mayor lauded the grantees on their completion of their summer employment and encouraged them to keep on working hard to finish their education in order to have the opportunity to formally join the workforce, especially the civil service.

During the event, the SPES grantees also enjoyed fun activities including an Amazing Race, yelling competition, parlor games, and the highlight of the event, the macho-gay competition. Prizes were also in abundance to the delight of the students.

Further, each SPES grantee was given a completion certificate handed by the city mayor herself.

Asked about her experience with SPES, sixteen year old grantee Janine Muyco enthused, “It’s so much fun working together with other students but I also learned how difficult it is to earn money.” Asked if she’d come back as a SPES grantee if given the chance, she quickly answered with a smile, “Definitely.” (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Festival goers flock to Baras Bird Sanctuary

Over six hundred tourists flocked to the 2nd Tacurong Bird Festival on May 28- 29, 2016 at the Baras Bird Sanctuary, Tacurong City. For a Php100 entrance fee, the festivalgoers were treated to a guided tour of the park and various art attack activities including face painting, plastic bottle recycling, origami, ball cap-making, coloring for toddlers, and keychain painting.

On the 28th, the bird festival opened with a motorcade starting from the Tacurong City Hall to the Baras Bird Sanctuary. An opening program followed suit attended by City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon, Psyche Sucaldito, and Wilson U. Ferrer; the different LGU empoyees and barangay officials, national line agencies, and private individuals. Thereafter, the attendees signed a pledge of commitment for the preservation, protection, and promotion of the Baras Bird Sanctuary led by the city mayor.

The festival also hosted a forum where attendees were graced by speakers Dr. Carmela P. Español, Institute of Biology of UP Diliman, on Ecosystem Function and Services; Forester Mangayao C. Macapodi, Chief of Conservation and Development Division DENR XII, on Endemism in Mindanao; and, PSUPT FELIX N SERVITA JR, Chief of Regional CIDU 12, on Wildlife Act and Enforcement.

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Other festival activities included a photography contest in which subject was the rich and diverse ecosystem of the sanctuary, a bird costume contest, and coloring contest for kids.

According to the Tacurong City Tourism Office, the 2nd Tacurong Bird Festival attendance improved by 100% from that of the previous year and attracted more visitors from the different parts of Mindanao including Sarangani, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato among others. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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COMELEC proclaims City of Tacurong winners, day after polls

Incumbent Mayor Lina O. Montilla and Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito of the City of Tacurong won in the local polls on May 9, proclaimed by the Commission on Elections at 7:35 in the morning of May 10 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall.
According to official results released by the COMELEC, Montilla won by a landslide with 33,586 votes from 76 clustered precincts. Trailing behind are her two opponents: Jonald Lagon with only 2,924 votes and Pepe Damariñas with only 721 votes. This is Montilla’s third and last term in office.
Lechonsito claimed his second term as vice mayor with 14,266 votes.
Ten councilors who would make up the 7th Sangguniang Panlungsod were also proclaimed on the same day. Five of them are re-electionists including the consistent number 1 city councilor Psyche Sucaldito with 18,203 votes; Charito Collado who landed on the third spot with 17,254; Cirilo Flores on the fourth spot with 15,943 votes; Welson Ferrer with 13, 830 votes; and Ariel Ferdinand dela Cruz with 12,843 votes.
Five new councilors were elected to office including Lalaine Montilla who snatched the second spot with 18,000 votes; Carlos Segura on the fifth spot with 14,208 votes; Geronimo Arzagon with 13,067 votes; Renante Duque with 12,668 votes; and David Salazar with 12,325 votes.
Montilla is positive that even with diversity in political affiliation, selfless service for the people will bind the new leaders in the years to come. (Jez Billano-Fabreag, LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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Tacurong City bags second Red Orchid Award

For the second time, the City of Tacurong received the prestigious RED ORCHID AWARD from DOH this April 27, 2016 at The Farm Resort & Restaurant, Koronadal City. In behalf of the city mayor, City of Tacurong was represented by Hon. Rodrigo Jamorabon, Dr. Giovanni D. Deles, and the Environmental and Sanitation Section staff.

Last year, the City of Tacurong received its first Red Orchid Award for having a score of 92%. This year, the city got a staggering 103.45%. During the awarding ceremony, the City of Tacurong has been recognized as the region’s second place to have the highest total score during last October 2015 onsite evaluation conducted by the national validating team sent by DOH.

Dr. Ma. Encarnita B. Limpin, executive director of Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, Philippines (“FCAP”) who delivered her keynote address on the said ceremony emphasized that there are too many people suffering from lung cancer because of the effects of tobacco. She also added that during the first implementation of the smoke-free campaign, she doubted that it would be a great success among government agencies because some chief executives or members of the local government units are smoking, but today’s awardees show that it can be done regardless if the leaders in the community are smoking or not.

This year, there are 290 finalists all over the country, 16 of them are Red Orchid Awardees from Region XII. Red Orchid Awardees under the Government Offices Category are PhilHealth Regional Office 12, North Cotabato District Jail, Civil Service Commission Regional Office 12, a Hall of Famer. Under Government Hospital Category are Cotabato Sanitarium a Hall of Famer, Lambayong District Hospital, Roel I. Senador Memorial Hospital, a Hall of Famer; and Under Local Government Units are Tacurong City, Alabel, Bagumbayan, Kalamansig, President Rosas, Tulunan, Carmen, Makilala, Mlang, and Kidapawan City.

On the awarding ceremony, the City of Tacurong received one customized Red Orchid trophy, one big plaque of recognition, one tarpaulin, one Medical kit, one unit electric fan, and medicine supplies.

DOH Red Orchid Award is an annual search for the 100 % Tobacco-Free Environment covering government offices and hospitals and local government units. (Paul Allan Aque, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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