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COMELEC held Briefing and Signing of Integrity Pledge for Local Electoral Candidates in Tacurong

“No hitting below the belt. We should only declare our platforms so that our constituents can choose according to the plans we have for them,” agreed all the local candidates for the upcoming May elections in Tacurong City during the Candidates Briefing and Signing of Integrity Pledge hosted by the COMELEC on February 23, 2016 at Angel’s Food and Palomado Speech Complex in Tacurong City.

In attendance were the local electoral candidates this coming May 9, 2016 elections including the local Liberal Party (LP), headed by Incumbent City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, as accompanied by City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and members; local Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) party, and other independent candidates.

Other stakeholders present during the briefing were PSSupt Emmanuel Peralta, OIC of SKPPD; PSupt Ranie Hachuela, Chief of Police of Tacurong City; Col. Cesar De Mesa, JTF-Talakudong Commander; and Mr. Alberto Sero, Tacurong City CILGOO among others.

Mr. Dindo Epino, City Election Officer of Tacurong City, briefed the participants on good election practices and other important provisions of the Election Code, Fair Elections Act, and other pertinent COMELEC resolutions. For instance, the candidates were briefed on the proper advertisement and election materials allowable under the election laws, the personalities or nationalities barred from participating in the campaign, and the lawful designated poster areas set by the COMELEC.

Atty. Michael Mamokid, Provincial Election Supervisor of Sultan Kudarat, provided awareness on the strict implementation of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), and how non-compliance will be a ground for disqualification.

Articulating further on the SOCE, Mr. Samer Paporo, OIC Chief of the Assessment Section of BIR-Tacurong, briefed the candidates on the imposable withholding tax during elections, when it applies and when it is exempted. The use of correct BIR forms for SOCE purposes was also emphasized.

By the end of the program, the mayoralty and vice mayoralty candidates formally announced their commitment to a fair and honest elections. Together with the rest of the candidates present, they signed the Integrity Pledge in the presence of witnesses. (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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P2.1-M worth of kabuhayan kits turned over to marginalized Tacurongnons

Through the City Government of Tacurong and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), a total of 235 beneficiaries received their livelihood assistance package, the KABUHAYAN Starter Kits, worth Php2.1 million, on February 19, 2016 in a turn over ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Present during the event were City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, City Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon, Psyche Sucaldito, and Wilson Ferrer; and Mr. Alberto Sero, Tacurong-CLGOO. Also present was DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head, Arlene Bisnon, representing DOLE XII Regional Director, Ofelia Domingo, to help turn over the livelihood kits.

A program under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the KABUHAYAN beneficiaries received livelihood packages worth up to Php10,000 each in rice trading, salon, meat processing, welding, dressmaking, and hairdressing among others.

The beneficiaries came from the different marginalized sectors of the city including 35 returning OFWs, 30 Persons With Disabilities, 22 kasambahay, graduates of the skills training program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and qualified walk-in applicants.

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The KABUHAYAN Starter Kit program is a grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers. It aims to enable the unemployed poor, seasonal, and low-waged workers to start an individual livelihood, or collective enterprise undertakings.

The Php10,000 start-up capital is used solely for the purchase of raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, and other support services necessary in setting-up the livelihood.

The KABUHAYAN Starter Kit program was funded under the Bottom-Up Budgeting worth Php1.4 million and Tacurong-LGU’s counterpart worth Php700 thousand. The applications for this first batch of beneficiaries were received in 2015. Applications for the next batch is ongoing and will be approved subject to several requirements set under the DILEEP program.(Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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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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LGU-Tacurong collects P10M tax from Business One Stop Shop

This year’s Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) of the city government of Tacurong was able to collect a total of Php 10, 094, 128.19 from permit applications and renewals. The One Stop Shop ran from January 4 to January 20, 2016 at the Tacurong City gymnasium.

The City Treasurer’s Office reported that there were 996 total tax payers from the One Stop Shop, 77 of which were new applications while 919 were renewals. There were also 388 permits released to tricycle drivers, 373 of which were renewals and 15 as new applications.

During the One Stop Shop back in 2015, which ran longer than 13 days, the city government recorded 1,179 business tax payers and 733 tricycle drivers’ permits.

This year, the City Treasury Office, Office of the City Mayor (Licensing Section, Market Supervisor’s Office), City Administrator’s Office, City Planning Office, City Engineering Office, and City ENRO were present to facilitate the processing. National line agencies like Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, DTI, BIR, SSS, PNP, and BFP also participated.

The five barangays of Poblacion, San Pablo, New Isabela, Buenaflor, and New Carmen were also present to provide Community Tax Certificates or sedula.

The Business One Stop Shop is a method implemented by the City Government of Tacurong to simplify and hasten the processing of permits of businesses and individuals in the city. It is held in every year in January. (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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Tacurong City Welcomes New Batch of Rescue Teams

Forty-eight new rescuers from three barangays of Tacurong City have successfully completed their search and rescue (SAR) training, and will join the ranks of award-winning rescue teams in the city.

On December 5, 2015, Mayor Lina O. Montilla personally accepted and presented the new rescue teams during their graduation ceremony in Barangay Baras, Tacurong City. The new rescue teams were from Upper Katungal, which has 15 members, Baras with 18 members, and New Passi with 15.

Barangay Captain Doroteo J. Delicana of Baras is the first barangay captain ever to personally join the training. He will lead the Baras Search and Rescue team.

The three teams underwent the 5 Day Search and Rescue Training on Flooding and Landslide Incidents on December 1 – 5, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall Grounds; in Media Villa Resort in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and Maharlika Beach Resort in General Santos City.

The 5-day training taught the new rescuers ropemanship, rappelling, first aid and medical evacuation, map reading and land navigation, victim hailing, swimming techniques, high-line set up, and 1 mile swim. They were trained by the certified SAR instructors of the city’s own rescue team, the TRACER, led by Team Leader Leonardo “Jun” Robles, Jr. and Assistant Team Leader, Amante Alcaide.

There are currently 8 barangays who have created their own rescue teams. The remaining 12 barangays are expected to organize their teams and undergo training by next year.

“Now that you have become certified rescuers, the lives of others will now come first before your own; that is a noble thing to do.”-Mayor Lina O. Montilla

-Yen Robles, (Tacurong-LGU)


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