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Solo Parent-Employees organize support group

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TACURONG CITY–A human resource intervention program of LGU-Tacurong City, entitled Strength amidst the Struggles, paved way for solo parent-employees to organize their own support group on July 16, 2015.

“The creation of this support group is also our way of recognizing both the needs and strengths of our employees who are solo parents,” according to Mayor Lina O. Montilla.

Montilla inducted officers of the LGU Women Employees Solo Parents’ Association on July 27 during the LGU’s flag-raising ceremony.

Employees involved in the said intervention program are 24 female solo parents—widows, wives of overseas Filipino workers, unmarried, and have been separated from spouses.

Part of the intervention program was a lecture-workshop conducted by the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) on July 15-16.

Before conducting activities for the solo parents, Psychologist Framer Cristy Mella conducted diagnostic tests using psychological tools to gauge the emotional status of the participants. The results guided CHRMO and Mella in conducting workshops and sharing sessions.

Participants were also briefed about RA 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act. Mella also discussed about responsible parenthood and encouraged participants to share their parenting styles.

“No matter how busy you feel you are in providing for the material needs of your children, always remember that they deserve your time and attention,” Mella addressed to the participants.

“We hope that this intervention will give participants more opportunities to draw strength from each other,” CHRM Officer Nenita Albito stated.   (Jez Billano, LGU Tacurong City)

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NDT High School Alumni Batch 90 joins City Hall sa Barangay

More than a hundred alumni of Notre Dame of Tacurong High School Batch 1990 trooped to Barangay EJC Montilla to join the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong in the City Hall sa Barangay project on July 10, 2015, pioneering what could be the start of partnership with graduates desiring to give something back to their hometown.

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The partnership in the city’s outreach program was one of the activities of graduates of Notre Dame of Tacurong for Boys and Girls in time with their 25th Alumni Homecoming.

As sponsor of the LGU in the conduct of the project, Batch 90 provided a counterpart fund of P20,000.00 used in the purchase of medicines and vitamins for the medical services.

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar and Dr. Jocelyn Tacot-Tadena, two of the batch members, joined the city’s medical staff in the conduct of free consultations and check-up while Dr. Gil Orpiano served in the dental services. Other batch members assisted in various LGU services.

Three sacks of rice and several packs of grocery items were also raffled to the clients as part of the alumni’s activity. The batch also provided a lechon (roast pork) for lunch of the LGU working committees.

According to City Administrator Eduardo Nicolo, more than 800 hundred residents of EJC Montilla benefited from the City Hall sa Barangay project. More than fifty percent of the total number of clients availed of the medical and dental services.

Several batch members expressed their admiration on how systematic the project was being undertaken. The school gym of Maria Montilla Elementary School was virtually converted into a city hall where each office had its own working area.

Renee Rose Ebon-Cuento, a US-based Tacurongnon, said she was amazed at the smoothness of how the services were extended to the clients. “Everything was organized. In the dental services for example, all the tools were in place and the dentists have their efficient assistants too. It’s as if you’re inside a dental clinic”, she said. Joining the City Hall sa Barangay project was an amazing experience for me”.

Mayor Lina Montilla lauded Batch 90’s partnership in the project. “This could just be the beginning of several partnerships not only with Batch 90 but with other alumni batches too”, Mayor Montilla said.

City Hall sa Barangay, also dubbed mobile city hall, aims to bring the services of the LGU closer to the people especially in the countryside. Started in 2011, the project is one of the best practices of the LGU and has already been replicated by other LGUs like Koronadal City. (Allan Freno, LGU Tacurong City)

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Tacurong goes organic; launches Organic Trading Post

The City Government of Tacurong, together with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office XII (DA- RFO XII), and San Antonio Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAFAMCO) launched the Organic Trading Post (OTP) project on July 8, 2015 in New Isabela, Tacurong City.

The OTP will serve as a venue for farmers to showcase and sell their organic products. Tacurong OTP is the first of its kind in the province of Sultan Kudarat. It is also one among the only five OTPs in Region XII.

According to City Agriculturist Ramon B. Losañes, the project is being implemented in accordance to Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Argriculture Act of 2010 with hopes to encourage and boost organic agriculture in the city.

In attendance during the launch-cum-turnover ceremony were Mayor Lina O. Montilla, who gave her message of support to the program; Dr. Lorna P. Vilbar, Regional Focal Person on Organic Agriculture; Nestor D. Casador, Provincial Agriculturist; Hon. Joselito L. Cajandig, Sr., SP Member and Chairperson, Committee of Agriculture; Marcon P. Gulle, SAFAMCO Chairman; and Jose S. Laygan, SAFAMCO Manager. City Agricultural Services personnel, SAFAMCO members, and other farmers also came to express support.

The trading post costs Php1.4 million. Of the said amount, Php1 million was spent for infrastructure while Php200 thousand was for equipment such as a freezer and a chiller. The remaining amount of Php200 thousand served as capital of SAFAMCO, the designated people’s organization (PO) to manage the OTP.

Currently, the trading post carries certified organic products from the surrounding provinces. These products include black rice, red rice, coffee, tea (malunggay, sambong, and tawa-tawa), honey, fruit juices, and charcoal, among others. Fresh organic produce from Tacurong farmers are also available. According to the Office for City Agricultural Services, Tacurong’s own certified organic products are in the works.

As per RA 10068, organic farming “will cumulatively condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity; reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers and the general public.” (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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52 Tacurong balut vendors finish EGGducation course

For Susan Gamboa, her daily chores in the house and her balut vending have become routinary and quite boring.

“Mag-obra sa balay, tapos magbaligya. Pabalik-balik lang adlaw-adlaw,” she shared.

She had that same routine until she decided to join the LGU Nutrition EGGducation course upon the invitation of her fellow members in the Balut Vendors SEA-K Association.

“Nagapasalamat guid ako nga nakasali ako sa sini nga seminar kay nakatuon guid ako sang kaayuhan para sa nutrisyon sang pamilya..kag nagka panahon man kami sang mga upod ko nga mag-bonding,” declared Gamboa.

Every Tuesday, from May 26 to June 30, Susan and fifty-one more members of the Association attended EGGducation classes at the Tacurong CDRRMC. The City Social Welfare and Development Office facilitated the course hoping to raise awareness on the health benefits of eggs.
“Eggs are the cheapest source of high quality protein. Through this course, we intend to make our balut vendors understand the value of their product, not just for their livelihood but to the health of their family,” said Nutrition Office Lorna Pama.

During the closing ceremonies of Nutrition EGGducation on July 7, Mayor Lina O. Montilla and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon thanked the Association for their active participation.

“Ang amon pasalamat amon ipaabot sa paagi nga magpisan pa guid kami kag palanggaon namon ang mga proyekto o serbisyo nga ginahatag sa amon,” Association President Edna Maravilla stated.

Balut Vendors SEA-K Association will soon receive Nego Karts worth P749 Thousand from the Department of Labor and Employment. The livelihood assistance was made possible through the initiative of Mayor Lina O. Montilla in 2014. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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LGU initiates strengthening program for brgy health systems

The Local Government Unit of Tacurong through its Office of the City Health Services launched BHSSP or Barangay Health System Strengthening Program this year.

BHSSP is a city-led health initiative aimed at improving the barangay health system making health services available to the community, thereby improving health outcomes and contributing to the attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals.

BHSSP intends to capacitate and empower the health leaders in the barangay to help them organize and optimize their barangay health board and community health team.

The very first BHSSP training was conducted in Barangay San Emmanuel on July 6. Among the attendees were barangay officials, purok presidents, and various organizational and religious leaders.

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According to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, cooperation between the city and the barangays is important in offering adequate and proper health services to Tacurongons; hence, the LGU saw the need to implement a comprehensive health program for the barangays.

The LGU first launched BHSSP in Barangay New Passi earlier this year. BHSSP trainings will be conducted in all barangays of the city. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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