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I Vote Good Advocacy – A First in the Region

I Matter, My vote Matters.

This was the slogan during the I Vote Good advocacy launching ceremony held on September 8, 2015 at the Tacurong Cultural and Sports Center. Almost a thousand participants joined in the launching composed of stakeholders from the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), Tacurong-LGU, inter-faith churches, public and private schools, local businesses, NGOs, NGAs, and barangay officials.

A first in the region, the I Vote Good advocacy aims to inculcate in the minds of the voters the values during elections by renouncing vote buying and selling, patronage politics, political dynasties, and celebrity politics in order to curb corruption and its variations so as to install candidates with proper qualifications into office.

To educate the voters, the advocacy holds orientations at the local chapels and teaches the LASER test, a grading sheet which aims to encourage voters to observe and reflect on the important characteristics of an electoral candidate. The LASER test stands for Lifestyle, Actions/Accomplishments, Supporters, Election Conduct, and Reputation.

“The I Vote Good Campaign is a different kind of LASER. It cuts through destructions of propaganda, political advertisements, gossip and popularity by focusing on the most critical issues in the candidates’ journey towards integrity”, Rev. Fr. Salvador Robles said.

Together with the participants, the launching started with a holy mass at Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria Parish, which was followed by a parade that headed to the Tacurong Cultural and Sports Center for the program proper.

The advocacy was spearheaded by Rev. Fr. Salvador Robles, DCC, parish priest of Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria and Mr. Alberto Sero, City Local Government Operations Officer. Special guests were Engr. Ester P. Valdez of DILG – Region XII, Dindo L. Epino of COMELEC, Rev. Fr. Clifford Baira and Rev. Fr. Procalla, DCC of Archdiocese of Cotabato. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)

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LGU-Tacurong receives P2M for local roads management



A Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) of Php 2,033,993 has been released by the Department of Budget and Management to the City Government of Tacurong as its Special Local Roads Fund (SLRF) for Fiscal Year 2015.

The amount was in line with the timely completion and implementation of LGU-Tacurong’s road management projects for the year 2014.

The fund was presented by the DILG during the LRMPA meeting on September 3, 2015 at the Palm Bistro in New Isabela, Tacurong City.

In connection with this, DILG representatives from the central office and Region XII held a meeting with the LGU-Tacurong stakeholders on the improvements to the Local Roads Management Performance Assessment (LRMPA) tool.

The representatives were Mr. Miguel Hayag, Jr., Engr. Junius Baclig, Engr. Herminia Ontoy, and Mr. Alberto Sero.

The stakeholders, as represented by the heads of offices, were the City Engineering, Planning, BAC, Accounting, City Administrator, and Human Resource Management.

The LRMPA is a tool developed by the DILG to monitor and evaluate the capacity and performance of local government units on local road management. Using the LRMPA performance indicators, they will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the LGUs on local roads management in order to effectively implement the necessary road developments. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)

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Livelihood groups receive capital seed fund as 2015 BUB implementation closes

Capital seed fund worth Php4.3 million from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was distributed among fifteen livelihood groups in Tacurong during the closing program of the 2015 Bottom-Up Budgeting for Sustainable Livelihood Program (BUB-SLP) on July 28, 2015 at the Tacurong Cultural and Sports Center.

“We hope that you make use of these funds, not only to start your livelihood, but also to keep it going in order to improve the quality of your lives,” said DSWD Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha.

Each group is composed of 30 members coming from different sectors of the city, in particular the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. All groups underwent mandatory workshop and basic business management training in preparation for the said capital assistance. The livelihood groups were organized by LGU-Tacurong City, following the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran or SEA-K mechanism.

During the event, the City Social Welfare and Development Office also presented 218 graduates skills training under the BUB-SLP. Skills training included: consumer electronics, massage therapy, hair science and beauty culture, home care products making, and t-shirt printing. The top trainees of hair science and beauty culture received free start-up kits while all of consumer electronics trainees received their own free tool kits worth Php2,000.00 each. The massage therapy trainees were also provided with NC II certification from TESDA, after having passed the assessment.

A total of 653 recipients benefited from the BUB-SLP 2015 cycle.

Moreover, DSWD – XII and LGU – Tacurong City pledged assistance in finding employment for the skills training graduates.
The BUB-SLP 2015 cycle was implemented by LGU-Tacurong, in partnership with the DSWD and the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG).

Present during the event were City Mayor Lina Montilla, Regional Director Bai Zorahayda of DSWD- Region XII, Eufemia Robles of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), Alberto Sero of DILG – Tacurong, provincial coordinator Jonathan Mandi, and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon.

The Bottom-Up Budgeting program, also known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting, is an initiative of the DILG in partnership with other agencies such as DBM, DSWD, and NAPC among others. With BUB, citizen participation in governance is encouraged in order to directly identify and address the inequity, poverty and marginalization of the poor. Envisioned by the late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo, the BUB program stems from the right of citizens to participate in local governance as provided for by the 1987 Constitution with the Local Government Code of 1991 paving the means for the LGU to put such right into action. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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Talakudong Fest ’15 to Open on Tacurong’s 64th Founding Anniversary


It’s a double celebration!

Tacurong’s 64th Foundation Anniversary, dubbed Tacurong Day, on August 3 will mark the opening of the most anticipated 2015 Talakudong Festival.

“We want to start Talakudong Festival on a date that is very important to all of us here in Tacurong,” stated Mayor Lina O. Montilla.

On 3 August 1951, Tacurong was officially declared to become its own municipality from being a mere barangay of Buluan. Through the years, it went through significant changes that pushed it higher on the tiers of economic, social, and political development.

The municipality was then legislated to become a city on September 18, 2000. Tacurongnons celebrate this milestone through the Talakudong Festival.

Other activities lined up for the Tacurong Day celebration are: Parada sang Barangay; Palarong Pinoy; Headgear Parade; and Kasadyahan sa Tacurong.

Talakudong Fest ‘15

After Tacurong Day, a slew of festival activities will be conducted for Tacurongnons, friends, and guests. Not to be missed are the highlights and traditions of Talakudong Fest: the Lumbayag sang Dalanon kag Kiay Kiay sa Talakudong, a street dancing and field demonstration competition; the search for the Mutya ng Lungsod ng Tacurong, a pageant for the best beauty and brains of the city; and, the garden show, trade fair, and food plaza, a bonanza of the best products the city has to offer

There are more activities in the line up so foodies, sports enthusiasts, and culture and arts fans will find something to enjoy. For a full list of schedules, check out Tacurong City’s website: (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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