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Tacurong City welcomes new police chief

Intense drug operations. Reduction of street crimes like robbery and carnapping.

These are the top management priorities of PSupt Ranie P. Hachuela, the incoming Chief of Police (COP) of Tacurong City Police Station.

On January 18, 2016, the outgoing COP, PSupt Junny Buenacosa, officially relinquished his post to Hachuela in a Turn-over of Command Ceremony held at the Tacurong City Police Station.

Tacurong City’s Chief Executive, Hon. Lina O. Montilla, Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, members of the Sannguniang Panlungsod, barangay captains, and the rest of the Tacurong City Police Station personnel bore witness to the said ceremony.

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Also present to help welcome the incoming COP were officials from the Sultan Kudarat Police Provincial Office, Task Force Talakudong, Tacurong City Fire Protection Bureau, and members of the Rotary Club-Tacurong City Chapter, Sultan Kudarat Chamber of Commerce, and Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

PSupt Hachuela is a native of Brgy. Baras, Tacurong City, and he graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in 1997. He was Deputy R4 Logistics at Police Regional Office 9 in Zamboanga City prior.

In 2003, PSupt Hachuela was awarded the Medalya ng Kagitingan (Medal of Valor) for his heroic deed in defending the town of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte and rescuing the municipal mayor and his family from a siege against the MILF, which lasted for nine hours. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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LGU-Tacurong turns over P150k for Palm Arts Livelihood

From trash to cash.

A young livelihood organization in Tacurong City proved that there is money to be made in products made of unlikely materials, in this case, palm fronds and recyclable plastic.

That’s why on January 15, 2016, the City Government of Tacurong, through Hon. City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, turned over Php150,000 worth of funding to the SEA-K Palm Arts Association in the conference room of the Tacurong City Hall.

The said amount is a chunk of the Tacurong-LGU’s counterpart in the Bottom-Up Budgeting in 2015.

Present during the turn over were Livelihood Committee Chairman, City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon; DILG Operations Officer, Mr. Alberto Sero; City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Ms. Eufemia Robles; and members of the Palm Arts Association.

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The Palm Arts Association was organized in 2015 by the CSWD. Comprised of 30 members, they underwent skills training in crafts-making using palm fronds and other recycled materials such as egg shells and plastic materials. Today, the members are able to produce home decors and souvenirs among others, which they market and sell around Tacurong City. (Yen Robles, LGU-Information)

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Tacurong City Volunteer Firefighters Undergo Refresher Training

The Tacurong City Firefighters in Rescue Emergency Volunteers underwent a 3-day refresher course in fire prevention and fire suppression on December 28 – 30, 2015. This is in line with the firefighter volunteers’ adherence to the required refresher training by the Fire Code of the Philippines in order for them to retain their Certificate of Competency (CoC) number and remain a part of the volunteer group.

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Seven trainers from the Tacurong City Central Fire Station, led by Acting City Fire Marshall Insp. Marjorie Jenna A. Aggabao-Resurreccion, trained the volunteers in fire subjects, firefighting apparatus, tools, and equipment; fire suppression and control; and, rescue and emergency medical operation.

The training course also includes a field practicum to be held at the Tacurong City Hall grounds. According to Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, the volunteers will also hold a graded Olympic competition on December 30th, while their graduation will be held on the same day at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

The firefighter volunteers of Tacurong City are composed of personnel from the Tacurong-LGU, Department of Education, Civilian Volunteers Organization, TRACER, PNP, and CAFGU-Task Force Talakudong among others. (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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Tacurong City Launches Negosyo Center

“I’m glad that we now have a Negosyo Center because Tacurong City is considered as the business hub of Sultan Kudarat. This will ease the process of accomodating investments in our city.” – Mayor Lina O. Montilla

The Local Government of Tacurong, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Chamber of Commerce, held the soft launching of the Tacurong City Negosyo Center on December 29, 2015.

In attendance during the event were Hon. Lina O. Montilla, Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, Alberto Sero of DILG-Tacurong, P/Supt Junny Buenacosa, Martin Tee of the Chamber of Commerce, representatives of DTI-Tacurong, and various heads of premier businesses in the city.

Located at the side of the Tacurong City Sports and Cultural Center, the Negosyo Center is a public facility that was established to promote ease of doing business and facilitate access to services for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It will serve as a one-stop shop business center for all existing and incoming businesses in the city where processing will only take two steps. According to the DTI and the city mayor, the goal, if possible, is to eventually offer the services of the business center for free.

The construction of the state-of-the-art Negosyo Center is in progress, but according to DTI-Tacurong, the facilities and equipment have all been procured and ready to be deployed once construction is finished. The targeted time for the complete launching of the Negosyo Center is January 2016.  (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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DBM Hands Over P5 Million Incentive to Tacurong City

“The Daang Matuwid is difficult. That’s why the government makes it a point to recognize hard work.” – Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad

Department of Budget and Management Secretary, Hon. Florencio “Butch” Abad, together with Regional Director Akmad J. Usman of DBM Region XII, and Asec. Maxine Tanya M. Hamada of DBM Monitoring and Evaluation, personally visited the City of Tacurong on December 17, 2015 to turnover the P5 million incentive that the city was awarded for the prompt implementation of Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB) projects for CY 2015.

Among all the LGUs in the country, the City of Tacurong has been lauded for its prompt, efficient, and transparent implementation of more than 50% of its BUB projects slated for 2015. There are only two LGUs in the country awarded with the incentive, the other one being Ilagan City of Isabela.

The said incentive was announced during the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) meeting, which Hon. Lina O. Montilla attended, on December 2, 2015 in Manila.

The turnover ceremony in Palm Bistro, Tacurong City was attended by the city mayor herself, Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the different barangay captains of the city, and the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team.

In her acceptance speech, City Mayor Lina O. Montilla expressed her gratitude to the DBM and the national government for continually recognizing the city’s efforts in ensuring good public service to the constituents by way of awards and incentives. The mayor said that it serves as the city’s motivation to keep on working hard for the benefit of all Tacurongnons.

“We firmly assure you that every single peso will be put to good use and will be consciously turned into rational programs that will benefit those who belong to the lower bracket of the society as they are the ones who need it most.”- Hon. Lina O. Montilla

(Yen Robles, Tacurong-Information)

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