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LGU-Tacurong gets assessed for the Seal of Good Local Governance

Vying for a spot at the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award and incentive program, the City of Tacurong welcomed the regional assessment team from the DILG Region XII composed of Engr. Ester Valdez, team leader, Maria Alma Engcong, regional focal person, and Carlito Uy, President of the South Cotabato Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The assessment was held for two consecutive days on April 20-21, 2016.

Accompanied by the different heads of offices, the assessment team visited the different areas and offices of LGU-Tacurong that are involved in the criteria being validated. They inspected three full disclosure policy compliance boards located in conspicuous areas in the city, namely, the public terminal, SP building, and the lobby area of the Tacurong city hall. They visited the sanitation landfill and materials recycling facility of the city in brgy. Upper Katungal and the early warning system of Kapingkong river located in brgy. Rajah Muda. At the city hall, the team assessed the express lanes for PWDs, senior citizens, and pregnant women; and, the hand-rails and grab bars at the entrance, exit, and restrooms of the city hall building.

Once qualified, the entry of LGU-Tacurong will be submitted to the national level where winners will be selected, indorsed, and approved by the secretary of the DILG. Final selection will be in August 2016 and announcement of winners will be in September 2016.

Also known as Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal, the SGLG award and incentive program aims to encourage and challenge all the provinces, cities, and municipalities in the country to achieve excellence in their performance and service delivery across core areas of financial administration, disaster preparedness, and social protection; and, any one of the essential areas, namely, business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management.

“This award is for all of us; so, give your effort and talent, not only to your respective offices, but also to others because this recognition will be for the city and for the region,” encouraged City Mayor Lina O. Montilla during the exit briefing of the 2-day assessment. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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LGU-Tacurong welcomes new batch of SPES grantees

A total of three hundred ninety (390) students are the grantees of this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

The biggest number admitted as of yet, the said SPES grantees, together with the 45 grantees of the Government Internship Program (TUPAD-GIP) of DOLE and LGU-Tacurong, were presented to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and DOLE OIC-Regional Director Albert B. Gutib during the SPES orientation program on April 19, 2016 at the Tacurong City Sports and Cultural Center.

Also present to welcome the students were Ms. Arlene Bisnon, DOLE Provincial Head SK-Field Office, Councilor Ariel dela Cruz, Chairperson of SP Committee on Education, Maximo Casador and John Salinas, barangay captains of New Isabela and San Pablo respectively, and Kagawad Julius Lisa of Barangay Griño.

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In her message, the City Mayor welcomed the grantees and encouraged them to grab the opportunity to experience working for the government and serve the constituents. It was also during the program that the City Mayor and the DOLE OIC-Regional Director signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the 2016 SPES and the Memorandum of Understanding for the TUPAD-GIP.

Out of the 390 grantees, 150 are funded by Bottom-Up Budgeting while 240 are funded by DOLE and LGU-Tacurong. Each grantee will receive Php6,000 as salary for the duration of their summer employment.

The orientation proper was conducted by the City Human Resource Management Office through Mrs. Dianne Guadalupe. The grantees were taught the proper conduct befitting a civil servant, and they were familiarized with the rules and regulations governing their stay in the program.

The grantees will be assigned to the different offices of the local government of Tacurong City and its barangays. Some grantees will be assigned to the different national line agencies in the city such as the National Food Authority, DILG, and Commission on Audit. Others were accepted to the business establisments of the city such as Tacurong Fit Mart, Kimsan Plaza, and Swana Mercantile. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Tacurong City opens first Negosyo Center in Sultan Kudarat

The City Government of Tacurong, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Sultan Kudarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (SKCCIFI), held the grand opening of the Negosyo Center on March 9, 2016.

The launching was led by City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, SKCCIFI President Mr. Erwin Garcia, DTI-XII Regional Director Ibrahim K. Guiamadel, and DTI-SK OIC Ms. Felisa Sinobago. In full support were the heads and representatives of various partners and stakeholders of the the Negosyo Center including the LGU offices, Sangguniang Panlungsod, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, JTF Talakudong, PAG-IBIG, SKSU, City Schools Division of Tacurong, DSWD, SSS, DOLE, TESDA, DOST, DTI-Cotabato, Rotary Club, members of the media, and PIA-Region 12 among others.

The grand opening began with a blessing of the facility by Rev. Fr. Salvador Robles, DCC and ended with a press conference.

A first in the province, the Negosyo Center will serve as a convergence center of LGU-Tacurong, DTI, SKCCIFI, various line agencies, and private organizations. It will cater to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in their conduct of business registration and licensing. It will also provide business advisory, training and seminars, and other available technical assistance. Academics and students alike who would like to conduct their research on businesses in the area may also rely on the center as a resource. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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Mayor Montilla shares Tacurong’s CBMS experience in a national forum

“We count to make our people feel that they really count”. This statement summed up Mayor Lina Montilla’s presentation during the 12th Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) National Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City from February 29 to March 2, 2016.

Mayor Montilla shared the city’s experience CBMS implementation especially on how it served as an essential guide in two aspects of local governance: policymaking and program implementation. The mayor’s presentation also highlighted the use of CBMS in the formulation of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) as well as the allocation of the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) funds.

Tacurong’s successful implementation of CBMS paved way for it to be invited as resource person in the conference attended by more than 600 participants including local chief executives (LCEs), partners and other stakeholders in the national and local government units across the country.

Notably, Tacurong was also the first in Region XII to implement the CBMS Accelerated Poverty Profiling using android tablets in collecting survey data. Aside from the help of technology, the city’s success in CBMS implementation is largely credited to the integrity of the survey process. Competent enumerators and supervisors, under the close supervision of the City DILG and City Planning Office, closely coordinated with barangay leaders and health workers to reach even the farthest households and ensure the participation of the residents in the survey.

CBMS is a survey tool that collects information at the household level in the barangays for use of Local Government Units (LGUs) and other agencies for planning, program implementation, and monitoring. A major objective of CBMS is to assist in poverty reduction.

Held annually, the CBMS conference aims to provide a venue for participants to discuss current developments, findings and best practices on the implementation of CBMS. This year’s conference was organized by De La Salle University – Angelo King Institute, Partnership for Economic Policy and CBMS Network International, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic Development Authority, and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines.

Carrying the theme “Pursuing Meaningful Devolution through CBMS”, the conference fittingly coincided with the 25th year of the implementation of the Local Government Code, which devolved to LGUs the responsibility of delivering the services to the public that were previously under the domain of the national government.

DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, who represented Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento as one of the keynote speakers in the conference, lauded the LGUs who invested in the CBMS project in their areas. He said that as more responsibilities are given to the LGUs, the local officials need evidence-based policymaking and program implementation, which the CBMS had appropriately provided.

He specifically acknowledged Mayor Montilla as one of the LCEs who effectively implemented the CBMS project, which in turn benefited her city in responding to the felt needs of the constituents.

Mayor Montilla’s presentation during the conference also elicited praises from the organizers and the participants. CBMS Network Team Leader Dr. Celia Reyes congratulated the mayor for the well-delivered sharing and even asked for a copy of the CBMS video that was used in the latter’s presentation.

Two of the mayors who also served as speakers in the conference, Atty. Gladys Razonable-Gascon of Padada in Davao del Sur and Mayor Mariano Martinez of San Remigio in Cebu , also commended Mayor Montilla for her well-prepared presentation.

One of the highlights of the conference included the recognition of six cities that successfully implemented the CBMS project in the last two years. The cities that were recognized included Tacurong, Escalante, General Trias, Tabuk, Tanauan, and Tandag.

Mayor Montilla is happy that she was able to impart Tacurong’s CBMS experience to other LGUs through the conference adding that the city’s CBMS team is very much willing to assist the LGUs that intend to embark on the said project. Recently, several municipal LGUs from the provinces of Sarangani and Cotabato had already made benchmarking activities in Tacurong. (A. Freno, LGU Tacurong City Information)

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Local Civil Registry Office of Tacurong holds information drive on marriage solemnization

The Office of the Local Civil Registry (LCR) of LGU-Tacurong, headed by City Civil Registrar Josephine Balino, held its annual information drive on civil registry. This year, the spotlight is on marriage solemnization.

Eleven different solemnizing officers from the different denominations and churches of Tacurong City attended the information drive on February 23, 2016 at the CDRMMC building of Tacurong City Hall. Special guests were Ms. Herlita G. Caraan, OIC-Provincial Statistician Officer of Sultan Kudarat, and Ms. Jurilyn P. Abraham, Provincial Statistician II.

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, a solemnizing officer herself, was in attendance. In her message, she emphasized the the gravity of the obligations of solemnizing officers in upholding the civil law and legally bringing two people together. As such, like the rest of the church leaders present, she made it a point to attend the information drive.

The guest speaker of the event was national awardee, Ms. Rosita Lebres, municipal civil registrar of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. She tackled the civil laws applicable to a valid marriage such as Commonwealth Act 3753 or the Law on Registry of Civil Status, the roles and obligations of a solemnizing officer, and the importance of a valid authority to marry among others.

The information drive of the LCR is in celebration of the Civil Registry Month with the theme, “Makiisa..Makisali sa Dekadang CRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics)”. (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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