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President Aquino signs into law amendments to PESO Act

Keeping true to his commitment of improving the employment facilitation programs in the country, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law on Monday the amendments to Republic Act No. 9759 or the PESO Act of 1999.

The signing, witnessed by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles, DOLE officials and PESO national officers, was done on the opening day of the 15th National PESO Congress at PICC on Monday attended by more than a thousand Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers coming from 16 regions in the country.

President Aquino, in his message delivered after the signing, said that when he assumed office in 2010, he pledged to institute reforms in the delivery of employment programs and the signing of the law before his terms ends is keeping true to that promise.

He said that higher placement rate of jobseekers in the last five years speaks of the dedication of the PESOs in addressing unemployment in the country.

The amendatory law seeks to create PESOs in all provinces, municipalities, cities and other strategic areas throughout the country.

Among the salient features of the PESO amendatory law are the creation of permanent plantilla positions for PESO personnel and the improvement of labor market information and employment facilitation service through computerized systems of monitoring, coordination, and reporting.

The law provides that the LGUs shall include in their regular annual budget the funding support for the establishment, operation and maintenance of the PESO while the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE’s annual budget for the PESO shall be intended for technical assistance, training and supervision.

The number and salary grade of PESO personnel in a given Local Government Units (LGU) shall depend on the resources of the LGU.

PESO acts as conduit of DOLE in the implementation of employment-related program.

From the current 1,591 LGU PESOs that were established, only 391 are institutionalized through Sanggunian resolutions allocating budget and creating plantilla positions.

PESOs that are not institutionalized have difficulties in carrying out their core functions since the PESO Managers are only acting on designated capacity and most are operating solo. In other words, they are managers who have no personnel to manage.

The historic signing of the law is a welcome development to the government’s desire of reinvigorating all PESOs in the country.

Furthermore, a CITATION was awarded by the Department of Labor and Employment to the TACURONG CITY PESO “through its Local Chief Executive Honorable Lina O. Montilla and PESO Manager Allan S. Freno by being Top Regional Performer in 2014, thus earning the nomination for the National Best PESO Award (Component City/Independent Component City Category)”.

The citation was conferred by DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz during the 15th National PESO Congress held at PICC in Pasay City on October 26, 2015.(ASFreno)

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Tacurong City Begins Fight Against Dengue

“Health is Wealth” reminded City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito as he spearheaded the ABKD or Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, an anti-Dengue campaign of the City of Tacurong.

The campaign began with a fogging of high risk areas, starting with Brgy. San Emmanuel and Scout Camp campsite in Brgy. New Carmen on October 7, 2015 and Brgy. San Pablo on October 13, 2015.

Through the Office of the City Mayor, the City Health Services Office, and CENRO, a larvae study was conducted in four high risk/dengue sensitive barangays last May 2015. The study was able to produce ABKD, a dengue prevention and control measure, which begins with the 4 S’s of Dengue:

  • Search and destroy areas where mosquitoes thrive,
  • Seek early consultation from the City Health Services Office, Barangay Health Stations, or Private Medical Doctors,
  • Self-protection measures including mosquito repellents, and
  • Say No to Indiscriminate Fogging.

Aside from the City Government-led fogging and larvicide distribution, ABKD will also continue to conduct information drives to educate Tacurongnons and thus encourage them to cooperate and support the fight against dengue in their very homes. The City Government will also provide ovitraps and treated nets to schools in affected barangays.

As of the 3rd quarter of 2015, there were 69 reported cases of dengue and 2 reported deaths from 10 barangays. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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Tacurong holds 32nd spot in national competitiveness index

The City of Tacurong is the 32nd Most Competitive Component City in the Philippines, according to the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).

Tacurong also placed 17th in Government Efficiency; 33rd place in Economic Dynamism; and 60th place in Infrastructure.


Mayor Lina O. Montilla received the award during the Awarding Ceremony for the Top 50-ranking LGUs in Region XII on 28 September 2015 in Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City.

According to the Regional Competitiveness Coordinating Committee (RC3), sixteen out of the fifty LGUs in Region XII that participated in CMCI 2015 were able to make it to the Top 50 rankings in their respective categories.

Tacurong, included in the said 16 LGUs, was also among the thirteen who made it in the last year’s CMCI.

“We dedicate these recognitions to the people of Tacurong. Kasama ng LGU ang mga sektor sa syudad sa pagtataguyod ng pag-unlad,” stated Montilla. (Jez Billano-Fabreag, LGU-Tacurong City)

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LGU Tacurong hosts RDC Week Celebration 2015

The City Government of Tacurong played host to the opening program of the RDC Week Celebration 2015 of the Regional Development Council Region XII at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center on September 22, 2015. There were ceremonial toss, oath of sportsmanship, and banner raising performed by participating teams led by RDC-XII Acting Regional Director Arturo G. Valero and the Local Chief Executives present for the Executive and Friendship Games.

In her welcome message, Mayor Lina O. Montilla gave a warm welcome to the officials and members of RDC-XII and guests of the said event. In addition, present to express their support were Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato, who also serves as a co-Chairperson of RSDC XII, Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. of Cotabato City, Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue of Isulan, Dr. Rolando F. Hechanova, SKSU President, and the regional heads of NAPOLCOM, LTO, DAR, DSWD, TESDA, DOT, CHED, and DOLE.

The four committees forming the RDC, namely the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC), Infrastructure Development Committee (InfraCom), Macro-economic Development Administration and Finance Committe (MEDAFC), and Economic Development Committe (EDC), composed the teams who competed during the executive and friendship games. Mayor Montilla joined in the parlor games together with her members in the MEDAFC team.

The Regional Development Council Region XII is the primary institution in the region that sets the direction of socio-economic development in Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), and through which regional development efforts are being coordinated. The RDC stemmed from Section 14, Article X of the Constitution, which provides that the President shall create Regional Development Councils and other similar bodies composed of local government officials, regional heads of departments and government offices and representatives from non-governmental organizations within the regions. As such, Mayor Lina O. Montilla herself serves as co-chairperson of MEDAFC-XII. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)

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Dugong Konsehal Bloodletting Activity 2015


“When my father underwent dialysis treatment and always needed blood transfusion, we could always rely on the blood bank. Now that he’s gone, I want to repay those people who donated their blood so patients, like my father, could live a little bit longer. That’s why I’m donating my own blood today; this is my way of saying thank you.”

This was Meliden Fusingan, a SPED teacher at Pilot Elementary School, as she nervously yet eagerly fell in line during the Dugong Konsehal Bloodletting last September 10, 2015 at the CDRMMC building.

The bloodletting drive is an initiative of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, as spearheaded by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, with the theme “Para sa Kapamilya… Dugo Mo, Dugo Ko”; the activity was in connection with the 19th Philippine Councilors Week.

Eight nurses from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Sultan Kudarat – Tacurong chapter composed the extraction team headed by Rey Larroza, RMT, and three members of the Department of Health (DOH) Tacurong Office assisted in the different stages of the blood letting process.

At stage 1, members of the DOH team had prospective donors fill up a form inquiring about their medical history and other vital health information. Then their blood pressure and weight were measured and recorded. Once approved, they moved on to stage 2 where three members of the PRC extraction team collected their blood samples in order to identify their blood type. Each donor was then handed their own bloodletting kit, and then proceeded inside the CDRMMC building.

Inside the building, the rest of the PRC extraction team carefully guided the donors and eased them into bloodletting. Each donor did not take long, and after they filled their bags, they were rested for fifteen minutes.

After they have rested, a snack bar awaited them at the kitchen of the CDRMMC building sponsored by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito himself. Staff of the SP assisted the donors and provided them with the various prepared snacks to help them regain their strength.

The donors were mostly public school teachers, college students, LGU employees, barangay officials, NGA employees, private citizens, and members of the Armed Forces, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

By the end of the bloodletting drive, Councilor Jamorabon reported that they were able to collect 60 bags of blood. These donations will be processed for approval and will be ready when people need them. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)

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