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City Government of Tacurong Advocates Against Human Trafficking

In line with the 18-day Campaign against Violence Against Women (VAW), the City Government of Tacurong, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Councilor Psyche Sucaldito, and CIACAT-VAWC, celebrated the International Day Against Human Trafficking Activity on December 9, 2015 at the Tacurong City Sports and Cultural Center.

During the program, which also served as the culmination of the 18-day VAW campaign, over 150 participants attended to sign and pledge commitment to the Stop Human Trafficking advocacy.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. They all led in the effort by signing the pledge of commitment. In his message, the vice mayor assured that an ordinance called “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Ordinance of the City of Tacurong” has been passed by the city legislature. Once fully enforced through the commitment of all involved agencies, Tacurong City will be more equipped and safe against human trafficking.

Furthermore, the rest of the participants joined in the Traffic Dance Move during the program where everyone wore a white glove to signify their stand against human trafficking. An audio-visual presentation entitled “Enslave Philippines”, a documentary on human trafficking in the country, was screened right after.

The 18-day VAW campaign, which began on November 25, 2015 and will end on December 12, 2015, opened with A Call for Solodarity, a rite where orange icons were simultaneously tied in different areas in the city including the Tacurong city hall and other conspicuous areas in the barangays.

The CSWD also conducted an orientation on RA 9262, also known as Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, at the CDRRMC building, which was attended by women and parents representatives from various sectors of the city. On the same period, MOVE or Men Oppose Violence Against Women and Children Everywhere, an advocacy group composed of male employees from Tacurong-LGU, conducted a screening of an audio-visual presentation on human trafficking as part of the information drive to spread awareness of the crime.

Human trafficking refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs.(RA 9208)

 

– (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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LPRAT Formulate 2017 BUB Projects in Workshop

The Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) of Tacurong held a Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) workshop at Jim’s Place II on November 18, 2015. Facilitated by the City Government of Tacurong and the DILG, the said workshop aimed to identify Bottom Up Budgeting projects for 2017.

Participants for the LPRAP included representatives from the different national government agencies and LPRAT, whose members are composed of 50% representation from the Civil Society Organization (CSO) and 50% from the government.

During the workshop, poverty indicators in the city were presented so as to help the members identify properly the BUB projects that would best help the marginally poor constituents. The poverty indicators identified malnourished children, out of school youth, informal settlers; indigents without access to safe water, toilet, and sanitation; indigents living below the food threshhold; and the unemployed.

Representatives of the different NGAs also presented their respective “Menu of Programs”, which contained the agencies’ ready-made BUB projects on offer. The LPRAT huddled to select from these menus the right projects to implement so as to achieve poverty reduction in 2017.

The LPRAP workshop is the second phase in the formulation of BUB projects.

In her message during the workshop, City Mayor Lina O. Montilla encouraged the LPRAT to continue planning and choosing the best projects in order to help the poorest of the poor of Tacurong City. She added, “It’s not the amount of money that we receive, but how we spend it for the benefit of everyone.” (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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City of Tacurong Collects P 92.3 Million in Local Revenue

During the flag raising ceremony on November 16, 2015, the City Treasury Office (CTO) reported that they have exceeded their targeted revenue collection of P 91.4 million to an actual amount of P 92.3 million resulting to a 101% collection efficiency.

The said amount is the revenue collected from January 1, 2015 to November 16, 2015 and the sum of the tax and non-tax revenue collections, which have an actual collected amount of P 43.3 million and P 49 million respectively.

The CTO added that tax collection from businesses in the city posed little to no hurdles, but collecting from real property taxes needs a bit more support from the people. In this regard, the city mayor encouraged the  support of the constituents to pay their real property taxes as soon as they are able.

The city mayor commended the CTO and the City Treasurer, Mr. Jessie P. Batchar, for a job well done.(Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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New Batch of Tacurong City Rescuers Finish Training

Twenty new rescuers from Barangay EJC Montilla finished their training on Basic Search and Rescue on Flooding and Landslide Indicents last November 10 to November 14, 2015. The said members will compose the EJC Montilla Response Team with Mr. Benedicto Ortizo, Jr. as the team leader.

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The new members were trained by the Tacurong City Responsive Assistance and Coordinated Search and Rescue (TRACER) team as headed by Mr. Jun Robles, TRACER Team Leader. The venues for the trainings were EJC Montilla, Nature Bounty Resort in Polomolok, and Tropicana Beach Resort in General Santos City. The new rescuers underwent training in basic first aid, map reading and land navigation, rapelling and extrication, swimming techniques, and 1 mile swim among others.

City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon presented the EJC Montilla Response Team to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla during the flag raising ceremony on November 16, 2015. With the cooperation of Brgy. Captain Amuelo Ortizo and his councilors, EJC Montilla is the fifth barangay to undergo training on search and rescue. The city highly encourages all barangays to participate in organizing their search and rescue teams due to Tacurong’s susceptibility to flooding. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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Tacurong Receives Award During the 2015 Regional Sandugo Awarding Ceremony

“Sa bawat patak ng dugo na inyong ibinigay, nadugtungan po ang isang buhay.”

The Department of Health- Regional Office XII says thank you to the different local government units (LGU) and other organizations that supported their National Voluntary Blood Services Program through the Regional Sandugo Awarding Ceremony held on November 12, 2015 at Edjin Pension House, Tacurong City.

The City Government of Tacurong was awarded as one of the Top Local Government Units in Mobile Blood Banking. Other non-governmental entities were also awarded for the same effort in encouraging blood donation and conducting bloodletting drives.

Present to receive the award was City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon. In his welcome address, the city councilor recognized the efforts of the different LGUs and other non-governmental organizations in supporting the voluntary blood donation program of the DOH and Philippine Red Cross. “Awareness of blood donation in our region is higher than ever because of our collective efforts,” he added.

The Sandugo Awards is the highest award given to local officials supporting the voluntary blood donation program. This award is given to LGEs for their active involvement to maintain an adequate safe blood supply in the country.(Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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