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Tacurong City launches Botika ng Bayan

To ease out burdens on medical expenses of indigenous and marginalized individuals in the city, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong alongside the Department of Health Region XII (DOH 12) commenced the distribution of free and quality medicines through the newly-constructed Botika ng Bayan (BnB) situated beside the City Health Center.

Following the initiative of President Rodrigo Duterte to augment the quantity of accessible medicines in the country, the Botika ng Bayan (BnB) or formally known as FOURmula One Plus Botika ng Bayan (F1+BnB) made its comeback assuring the Filipinos access to free medicines and quality pharmacy services.

In the city, the F1+BnB program expands the variety of available generic yet safe and effective medicines, from an array of maintenance drugs to a number of common medicines for cough and flu. Anent to F1+BnB, the LGU-Tacurong and DOH 12 assigned licensed pharmacists and trained pharmacy aides to take charge in dispensing prescribed medicines to patients and Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and in ensuring the efficient management of the BnB.

At the forefront of this project are the disadvantaged residents and the vulnerable population of the city, but even so, the BnB welcomes all inhabitants of Tacurong – even those who can access private drugstores and pharmacies – to avail of free medicines provided there is a sufficient supply.

By presenting a doctor’s prescription to the BnB, patients are guaranteed to receive prescribed medicines without any amount incurred from their own pockets. This was possible through the allotted budget of DOH 12 for this year’s BnB medicines amounting to 600,000 pesos. By 2021 and 2022, DOH 12’s budget allocation for additional BnB medicines will be tantamount to 2 million pesos for each respective year. With these budgets, the BnB is certain to have its stocks replenished for the next years to come.

In a launching and MOA signing event held at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center on October 20, 2020, Dr. Mercedes Manansala, Provincial DOH Officer revealed that during the term of former Mayor Lina Montilla, Tacurong was on track to becoming the first Local Government Unit in SOCCSKSARGEN to establish a BnB. Brought about by delays in procedural requirements, Tacurong stepped back in launching its own BnB as other municipalities set up their own. After years long effort, Tacurongnons can finally experience the benefits of BnB in the city.

Tacurong is the 18th LGU in Region 12 to acquire its own BnB yet also the first city in the region to do so.

A ribbon cutting ceremony graced by Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla and DOH 12 representatives launched the formal opening of the BnB. Also, LGU-Tacurong led by Mayor Angelo Montilla inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) indicating a partnership with DOH 12 to bring forth quality medicines and services in Tacurong.

In clarification of BnB’s salient features, the key officials from LGU headed by Dr. Giovanni Deles, City Health Officer, and DOH 12 entertained queries from the media through a press conference made available for livestreaming at the official page of LGU-Tacurong.

True to his unrelenting effort of giving priority to Health Services, Mayor Montilla not only manifested the existence of BnB in the city but also teamed up with DOH 12 to turnover a wheelchair to a 76 year-old recipient, David Redome, during the BnB launching event.(Daniel Costas)

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DSWD 12 grants livelihood aid to Tacurong entreps

Driven by the goal to revert entrepreneurs to their Corona virus-disrupted businesses, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XII (DSWD 12), through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Tacurong, released monetary livelihood assistance to small-time business owners, vendors, and service workers from twenty barangays of the city through a simultaneous payout activity on six clustered venues, October 1-2, 2020.

With a total amount of 6,615,000 pesos, the Sustainable Livelihood Program-Livelihood Assistance Grant (SLP-LAG) of DSWD 12 aims the rehabilitation of livelihood and restoration of resources to 1,107 Tacurongnon entrepreneurs with bread and butter stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic and service workers whose line of work, like massage services, defy the social-distancing norm.

According to Josephine M. Ubaldo, CSWDO-Livelihood and Skills Development Training Head, the identification of vendors and service workers as primary and secondary recipients of SLP-LAG is a joint decision from the Technical Working Group of the Local Govenment Unit of Tacurong composed by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Govenment, Department of Trade and Industry, and the city’s Planning Office and Public Employment Service Office.

Present on specified venues hosted by the gymnasiums of Brgy. Griño, Brgy. New Isabela, Brgy. Rajah Mudah, Brgy. Upper Katungal, Brgy. San Emmanuel and the City Grand Stand were mostly Balut vendors, merchants of various goods, and carenderia and sari-sari store owners with readily filled out Social Amelioration Card (SAC) Form and valid ID to present to the personnel of DSWD 12 and Tacurong LGU stationed on each site.

Also in attendance, Eufemia L. Robles, DSD, City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Jonathan B. Mandi, Social Marketing Officer, DSWD 12, and Merdibon Mangana, EO70-SLP-Focal Person, DSWD 12 supervised the undertaking and resolved some little bumps on the road posed by non-disclosure of business by some grantees.

As mandated by DSWD 12, a grantee must have been a recipient of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and must have declared an existing small-scale business prior to the distribution of SAP earlier this year to qualify for SLP-LAG.

Moreover, the lowest amount a qualified individual can claim is 5,000 pesos and depending on the Grant Utilization Plan (GUP) required by DSWD 12 that bares the itemization of one’s business capital and expenses, a beneficiary may receive figures exceeding the minimum.

Brgy. New Isabela, the biggest beneficiary of SLP-LAG, collected and disbursed a sum of 975,500 pesos to 178 residents identified with businesses. Hon. Jose Javier, Brgy. Captain, expressed his warmth of heart in seeing his constituents receive cash aid and he hoped for a second or third batch follow-up activity so more barangay dwellers, not just in New Isabela but also around Tacurong, can avail.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a national project allocated under Bayanihan 2 (Bayanihan to Recover as One Act) replacing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of Bayanihan 1 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act). (Daniel Espadon)

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Tacurong’s new CAFGU members complete 45-day training

After 45 days of backbreaking training, 122 Tacurong residents have finally completed the requirement to become full-fledged CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAA).

The graduates were given their certificates of completion during a program where they were presented to Mayor Angelo Montilla and other officials at the city hall grounds on September 28, 2020.

Last week, a separate graduation rites were also done at the Army’s 6th Infantry Division CAA Training Base in Barangay Taviran, Datu Odin sinsuat, Maguindanao where CAAs had undergone training.

The army training team also recognized the top three completers of the concluded Basic Military Training. Kim Hachuela topped his class after getting an average grade of 91%, while ReymondHuinda (88%) and Gilbert Amondong, Jr. (86%) came in second and third, respectively. Hachuela was also awarded with the Physical Fitness Proficiency Award.

The Local Government Unit of Tacurong City and the 6th IDearlier entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to form a one-company of CAA to be deployed in various parts of the city.

As a budding city in Region XII, Tacurong has become vulnerable to security threats.The activation of CAAs will not only complement the efforts of AFP regular troops but will also empower residents to have a direct participation in the maintenance of peace and development in the locality.

It was former Mayor Lina Montillawho worked out the activation of CAA during her last term as mayor.

“The CAA activation has long been thought about, and realizing it now would surely bolster the security of the city since the auxiliaries will serve as force multiplier to our military and police forces”, the former mayor said.

Under the MOA, the army will provide the CAA aspirants with the basic military training as well as firearms during the training up to their actual deployment.Meanwhile, the LGU will provide funding for the subsistence allowances of the CAAs. The LGU will also provide for their uniforms.

In his message during the CAA graduates’ presentation at the city hall grounds, Mayor Angelo Montillaurged them to take their job seriously and with dedication. “Ginhatagankamo sang oportunidadkagpagsaligngaserbisyuhanangatonsiyudad. Kinahanglanninyongaibalikangpagsaligpinaagisasinseroninyongatrabaho”, the mayor said.

The LGU had allocated an initial P9 million fund for training expenses, uniforms, and subsistence allowances of the CAAs.(LGU Information)

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DOLE 12 gives P800K livelihood grant to informal workers in Tacurong

Forty-eight workers in Tacurong’s informal economy are set to receive their livelihood starter kits after the Department of Labor and Employment released on September 7 the check amounting to P800,997.40 intended for them.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan personally turned over the livelihood check to the barangay council of San Pablo at the Office of Mayor Angelo Montilla.

Prior to the turnover of check, Director Agravante and San Pablo Punong Barangay Jacob signed the Memorandum of Agreement relative to the implementation of the project.

The project will have to go through the procurement process and once the winning bidders completely deliver all the starter kits for the beneficiaries, payment will be made.

Barangay San Pablo serves as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking whose beneficiaries are also residents of said barangay.

As ACP, the barangay council is tasked to monitor the individual projects once they start operating.

This livelihood endeavor is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) that aims to provide tools and jigs to workers in the informal sector.

Informal workers are those who are self-employed and not receiving salaries or wages from any government agency or private company.

The beneficiaries under this project are food processors & vendors, carpenters, dressmakers, welders, and vulcanizing workmen.

Since the project is a grant, the beneficiaries need not be burdened by paying any loan amortization.

Instead, they just have to take care of the tools given to them and make sure that their projects serve as income generators to augment the needs of their respective families. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Tacurong deputizes new traffic enforcers

In an effort to regain public trust in the traffic laws enforcement of the city, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong revamped the Traffic Management Unit of the city’s police station.

Starting with a thorough screening process in July, the applicants were selected based on their previous commendable performance as traffic enforcers. The successful applicants were rehired in August, and then they were sent by the City Human Resource Management Office to attend training and seminars by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region XII. A final test was administered to determine who will become part of the final roster.

On 3 September 2020, twenty three (23) new traffic enforcers were named and were deputized in a program held at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla personally witnessed the deputation and encouraged the newly minted enforcers to serve with integrity in order to turn the public’s disdain to that of trust and respect to the city’s traffic unit.

Always a committed partner of the city, Macario D. Gonzaga, Regional Director of LTO Region XII also attended the event bringing with him 16 traffic enforcers from the regional office to brief and orient the new traffic enforcers on the field.

Also in attendance were City Councilor Remo Y. Flores, Vice-Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Transportation; PLTCOL REY D EGOS, Chief of Police of Tacurong City PNP; Elma B. Indanao, City Human Resource Management Officer; Engr. Noel Calmorin, Supervising Transportation Regulations Officer; Atty. Shahani M. Racman, Chief of Operation Division, LTO Region XII; and, Mary Ann D. Trabado, LTO Tacurong District Registrar.

Right after the program, the newly deputized traffic enforcers were deployed to the streets to immediately effect the existing traffic laws and ordinances of the city. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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