Tacurong City Responsive Assistance and Coordinated Emergency Search and Rescue or TRACER placed 2nd in the Search and Rescue (SAR) Network XII Proficiency Test conducted by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on February 19-22, 2013 helt at Camp Herminigildo Agaab, Malandag, Malongon, Sarangani.

TRACER players who bagged the award were Asher Ian V. Moral II (team leader), Jonathan P. Zerrudo, Charlie Sumatra, Ritchie Molina, Larry Londres, Ronie Ponciano, and Nestor Lagulay.

Aside from TRACER, the newly-created search and rescue team of Brgy. New Isabela, Tacurong City ranked 6th among the 20 participating groups. The New Isabela SAR team is a product of TRACER’s barangay SAR trainings.

New Isabela Rescue Team is composed of Norman Zapanta (team leader), Maureen Corazon Casador, Randy Pasaporte, Alvin Collado, John Michael Apontar, Jonathan Baitan, Joel Villamor, Janet Lastique, Gina Espuertas, Ruth Lagrana, and Ricky Delsolar.

TRACER Team, Brgy. New Isabela SAR team, and the City DRRMC during
turn-over of award to Local Chief Executive Lina Montilla.

The City Government of Tacurong fully supports TRACER by allocating funds for necessary SAR equipment and for the conduct of barangay disaster-preparedness trainings. TRACER was recognized as 3rd Best Volunteer Organization in the Philippines by National DRRMC through the Gawad KALASAG Awards.

Jezereel Louise C. Billano