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Tacurong CDRRMC evaluated for Gawad KALASAG 2016

On August 17, 2016, Tacurong City’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) welcomed the regional evaluators for the Gawad KALASAG 2016 regional level.

Coming from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), the evaluators were composed of two panels that evaluated the CDRRMC and the TRACER, the City’s own search and rescue team, separately.

The first team of evaluators were composed of Jessilou Frugalidad and Relmie Ramson of the DILG, Michael Mayo of DOST, Dennis Domingo III of DSWD, and Bai April Sinsuat of the OCD.

The team met with City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, CDRRMO-designate Eufemia Robles, Hon. Psyche Sucaldito, former councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, and the different LGU office heads who are part of the council.

In her opening remarks, the city mayor intimated, “Every year we join Gawad Kalasag because we want to keep on improving. Again this time, I hope you can help us point out kung ano pa ang kulang. We want to keep on learning.”

Ms. Eufemia Robles led the presentation on the achievements of the CDRRMC; there was a panel discussion among the evaluators and the stakeholders not only on the things that need improvement, but also compliments on the best practices of the council.

Simultaneously, a separate evaluation was conducted on the TRACER team. The second team of evaluators was composed of Major Alvin Tanguiling of 512 Engineer Construction Battalion, Ismael Ngitngit of DepEd, and Shiela Marginado and Jennelyn Bartolome of the OCD.

TRACER team leader Jun Robles led the presentation on the achievements of the group. He highlighted the fact that the team is mostly comprised of SAR-trained civilian volunteers deployed in vital areas in the city including public offices, the public terminal, and schools.

TRACER had been a regional winner of Gawad KALASAG in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

The Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is a presidential award given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector, and government organizations in recognition of their initiative in helping the Philippine government uplift the standard of disaster management in the country. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Tacurong City Welcomes New Batch of Rescue Teams

Forty-eight new rescuers from three barangays of Tacurong City have successfully completed their search and rescue (SAR) training, and will join the ranks of award-winning rescue teams in the city.

On December 5, 2015, Mayor Lina O. Montilla personally accepted and presented the new rescue teams during their graduation ceremony in Barangay Baras, Tacurong City. The new rescue teams were from Upper Katungal, which has 15 members, Baras with 18 members, and New Passi with 15.

Barangay Captain Doroteo J. Delicana of Baras is the first barangay captain ever to personally join the training. He will lead the Baras Search and Rescue team.

The three teams underwent the 5 Day Search and Rescue Training on Flooding and Landslide Incidents on December 1 – 5, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall Grounds; in Media Villa Resort in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and Maharlika Beach Resort in General Santos City.

The 5-day training taught the new rescuers ropemanship, rappelling, first aid and medical evacuation, map reading and land navigation, victim hailing, swimming techniques, high-line set up, and 1 mile swim. They were trained by the certified SAR instructors of the city’s own rescue team, the TRACER, led by Team Leader Leonardo “Jun” Robles, Jr. and Assistant Team Leader, Amante Alcaide.

There are currently 8 barangays who have created their own rescue teams. The remaining 12 barangays are expected to organize their teams and undergo training by next year.

“Now that you have become certified rescuers, the lives of others will now come first before your own; that is a noble thing to do.”-Mayor Lina O. Montilla

-Yen Robles, (Tacurong-LGU)


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Tacurong City Search and Rescue Teams Become Nationally Accredited

The TRACER team and five other barangay search and rescue (SAR) teams of Tacurong City have become nationally accredited during the 2015 Simulation Exercises (SIMEX) on Flooding and Landslide Incidents after achieving high scores in the search and rescue skills performance exercises. The event was held last November 19 – 21, 2015 in Camp Agaab, Malungon, Saranggani Province and was conducted by the Office of the Civil Defense-Region XII, Armed Forces of the Philippines, 505 SAR Group of the Philippine Air Force, Bureau of Fire Protection-Region XII, and the Philippine Red Cross.

The said five barangay SAR teams were of barangay New Isabela, New Carmen, EJC Montilla, San Pablo, and Rajah Muda.

During the exercises, three groups from the TRACER team and one group from the barangay rescuers joined in the skills performance accreditation in land navigation, rescue high line, victim hailing, and victim management and transport. The passing score in the exercises was 55 points. The TRACER groups received 71.3, 72, and 87.5 points respectively. The barangay rescuers group garnered 78.9 points.

In addition, TRACER team was awarded the Best in Victim Management and Transport, and Best in High-line Set Up; they were also given the Certificate of Competency. These awards and achievements were presented by the TRACER team and the barangay rescuers to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla during the flag raising ceremony on December 7, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall.

“Whenever we think about search and rescue, what comes to mind is the TRACER team of Tacurong City. This is because in search and rescue, TRACER is already an institution.” – Office of the Civil Defense – Region XII

-Yen Robles (Tacurong-LGU)

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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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TRACER wagi sa 2015 Regional Gawad Kalasag

Nakamit ng Tacurong City Responsive and Coordinated Emergency Search and Rescue o TRACER ang unang gantimpala sa Best Government Emergency Response Management Category sa 2015 Regional Gawad KALASAG.

Dahil dito, ang TRACER ang magsisilbing entry ng Region XII sa National Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management sa nasabing kategorya. Nakuha din ng Tacurong Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ang ikalawang parangal sa Best DRRM-Component City Category.


Ang TRACER  ay binuo ng pamahalaang lokal ng Syudad ng Tacurong sa pamamagitan ng City DRRM Council upang mapabuti ang kahandaan ng syudad at ng karatig nitong mga bayan sa mga kalamidad at sakuna.

Ang mga parangal ay ibinigay ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council XII at ng Office of Civil Defense sa ilalim ng Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan).

Noong 2013, nahirang na 3rd Best Volunteer Organization ang TRACER sa ilalim din ng Gawad KALASAG Awards-National Level.       Jezereel Louise Billano-Fabreag

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