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Indigent Senior Citizens of Tacurong Receive Social Pension

“Makabulig ining kwarta para sa mga garastuson ko sa akon panimalay.”

This was Mrs. Concepcion dela Cruz, a frail 80 year old widow, resident of Baranggay New Lagao, Tacurong City, during the releasing of her social pension on November 6, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall. She, along with other beneficiaries, made a beeline to the city hall early in the morning of the said date to receive their stipend from the government worth Php3000 for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the year.

This year, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong has listed 536 regular pensioners from all the different baranggays of its jurisdiction; they have received their first quarter stipend worth Php1500 last May 2015.

Additionally, 318 new qualified pensioners have been added to the list this quarter, and they are set to receive 3 quarters-worth of their stipend, which amounts to Php4500.

With a total of 854 pensioners this year, LGU Tacurong, through the DSWD, is able to provide Php3.843 million worth of pension as of the 3rd quarter. The remaining 4th quarter stipend is expected to be released on January 2016.

According to Mrs. Violeta Muyuela, president of the Office for Senior Citizens Affair in Tacurong, the pensioners are identified and validated individually in their respective barangays through the purok and are listed in the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the DSWD. The qualifying age of the pensioner is 65 years old, and he or she must be a resident of Tacurong.

As per Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, every qualified indigent senior citizen of a local government unit who is frail, sickly, or has disabilities; is not receiving pension from SSS, GSIS, or Veterans Pension; and does not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives can receive a monthly stipend of Php500. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong Undergo Field Validation for the Regional Local Legislative Award

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of the Local Government Unit of Tacurong welcomed the Regional Awards Committee (RAC) of the Local Legislative Award on November 3, 2015 for a field validation. All the members and staff of the Sanggunian were present to welcome the assessors while City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and various heads of offices were present to give their support to the city legislative.

The RAC were composed of officers from the different regional government agencies including the DILG, DSWD, DENR, and DBM; the private sector also had a representation through the South Cotabato Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The committee evaluated the sanggunian in the following criteria: effectiveness of the legislative agenda, availability of legislative documents, efficiency of performance of the sanggunian, quality of office set-up and staff complement, legislative citations and awards, and capacity development for legislators and staff.

Mayor Lina O. Montilla, in her message during the event, was all praise for the sanggunian because of their achievements for the past two consecutive award cycles where they bagged the top prize for the Local Legislative Award on Outstanding Component City in the region. She commended and thanked their hardwork and teamwork because the outcome of which were the passing of effective ordinances and resolutions that helped improve the lives of the constituents.

On the other hand, in his welcome address, Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito said, “Being acknowledged or recognized is good. Yet, for us in the Office of the Sangguninang Panlungsod, we are always striving hard to fulfill our official duties and responsibilities not just for the sake of recognition, but more importantly, that the public, especially our constituents, actually receive the goods and services that they need and other benefits that they deserve.”

The Local Legislative Award was launched by the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) in partnership with the DILG in 2006. It recognizes the exemplary performance of the sanggunians, particularly of cities and municipalities, for legislating measures that help build the foundation of meaningful local administration and development.

Given every three years, the current cycle’s evaluation covers performances by the sanggunian from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. It is competing with Kidapawan and Koronadal cities for the award.(Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

More photos here.

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New First Aid Kits and Folding Beds for Tacurong City

New first aid kits were shared with all the different offices of LGU-Tacurong while 10 folding beds were given to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) during the flag raising ceremony on November 2, 2015 held in front of the Tacurong City Hall.

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, together with the City Health Officer, Dr. Giovanni D. Deles, personally handed over the items to the different heads of offices.

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The said medical kits and supplies were part of the P500 thousand worth of prizes won by the City Government of Tacurong during the Champions for Health Governance Awards held last May 29, 2015 in Greenhills, San Juan. The city was among the only 5 winners of the said award among the 60 LGU entries from all over the country.

The first aid kits will also be given to all the barangays in the city while the rest will add to the existing supplies of the City Health Services Office.

Aside from the P500 thousand worth of medical supplies, the city also received P100 thousand in cash.(Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

Learn more about the CHG award here.

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City of Tacurong and DILG Conducted CSO Assembly

The DILG Tacurong office conducted the Civil Society Orgnization (CSO) Assembly 2015 on October 23, 2015 at the CDRRMC building. This was in line with the formulation of the Local Poverty Reduction Plan (LPRP), wherein the resulting proposed projects will be funded under the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) program.

The assembly gathered over 40 participants, each representing accredited civil society organizations in Tacurong City including the Rotary Club, 4Ps, ROTARACT Club, Talakudong Metal Craft, SMB SKA 2, TFPTA, City Agriculture and Fishery Council, Tacurong Balot Vendors Association, Tacurong Habitat for Humanity, TFTDO, Tacurong Massage Clinic Association, United Way of Sultan Kudarat, NDEA, TAMAVA, GSP-SK, PAGLAUM Project, Samahan ng mga Biyuda, Parish Supreme Pastoral Council, Federation of Senior Citizen Association Tacurong City, and many others.

During the program, Ms. Mary Vi Castillio, BUB Community Mobilizer from DILG XII, provided the Orientation on Local Governance and Bottom Up Budgeting where she presented and explained the implementing rules and regulations of the BUB program.

An election of officers for the Local Poverty Reduction Team (LPRAT) followed suit. It produced 17 representatives from the different CSOs in attendance.

Other presentations during the assembly included the reporting on the status of implementation of 2013 – 2015 BUB projects, presentation/validation of poverty data/indicators, poverty analysis workshop, the corresponding output of the said workshop, and finalization of poverty analysis and identification of priority projects.

The assembly, where participating CSOs were taught how to identify poverty indicators and formulate possible strategies and programs for the reduction thereof, is a pre-requisite for the formation and approval of the LPRP under the BUB.(Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

More photos here.

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Tacurong City Celebrates Cooperative Month

With the theme “Kooperatiba: Ika-100 Taong Pagpupugay, Tulay sa Maunlad na Buhay”, the City Government of Tacurong, through the City Cooperative Development Council, and together with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) celebrated the Cooperative Month on October 30, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall grounds.

Headed by Mr. Nelson C. Leguro, the City Cooperative Officer, 135 members from all 21 cooperatives in the city were in attendance. The program began with a Zumba activity and was followed by fun parlor games.

The program proper welcomed Mrs. Helen C. Sambile, Chief of Registration and Regulatory Section of the CDA-Kidapawan Extension Office, as guest speaker.

CDA Gawad Parangal awards were also given to Quipolot Multi-Purpose Cooperative for the micro category, North Tacurong Public School Teachers and Employees Credit Cooperative for the small category, and Tacurong Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative for the medium category. The SKSU Multi-Purpose Cooperative was also given the City Gawad Parangal Hall of Famer award for winning in the small category for three consecutive years. (Yen Robles, LGU-Information)

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