January 29, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – When Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. assumed office last July 1, he introduced his administration’s roadmap for the next three years – “Enlangakha: Achieving the vision for a dynamic Bontoc”.

It contains the four pillars of his administration, which are ecosystems regeneration; empowered communities; economic empowerment; and good governance.

Anchored on this vision, Tudlong presented his accomplishments for his first 100 days which are: 

On ecosystems regeneration: planting of two truckloads of fish pole bamboo at Amanchu, Bontoc Ili under the local government unit’s Oplan Kawayan: Sustainably protecting mountain slopes; and conduct of the Bontoc disaster risk reduction and management skills challenge season 3 and the second level of the incident command system training.

On environment protection: Conduct of two clean-up drives since July in response to the Covid-19 and dengue cases and promotion health and sanitation in the central business district; and re-launching of the Oplan pera sa basura which aims to effectively reduce garbage volume and to educate school children on the importance of proper waste management.

On water and sanitation: Replacement of old damaged pipes into new and more durable ones; and turnover of the Talubin level 2 potable water system under the Philippine Rural Development Project. 

On empowerment of communities: Turnover of assorted medicines requested from Mercury Drug Foundation Inc.; bringing vaccination, newborn screening, dengue indoor residual spraying and larvicide treatment to the communities; and release of P5,000 incentive to 134 barangay health workers. 

On education and youth development: Turnover of financial assistance to public schools in the municipality and the LGU’s assistance for the Brigada Eskwela; turnover of P100,000 to Mainit National High School; and conduct of youth leadership summit and the Bontoc Sports Festival.

On economic empowerment: Employment of 84 students, out-of-school youth, and students with special needs under the Special Program for the Employment of Students of the Department of Labor and Employment; employment of 164 Tupad workers made possible through the Office of the Congressman; and conduct of Professional Regulation Commission mobile outreach services and National Bureau of Investigation Clearance on Wheels; provision of chickens and feeds to 30 farmers as livelihood capital; distribution of production equipment to  fish farmers; turnover of the municipal multi-species fish breeding center from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera; turnover of the Kadiwa hauling vehicle amounting to P2 million from the Department of Agriculture; and completion of various projects funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts focusing on the documentation and preservation of Bontok culture. On good governance: Use of P3,516,000 from Local Government Support Fund-Financial Assistance to Local Government Units benefitting 281 eligible indigent individuals and their families in the form of social, medical, and burial assistance; provision of assistive devices such as single canes, quad canes, walker, cerebral palsy wheelchairs, and motorized wheelchair to 26 orthopedic PWDs in the municipality; distribution of 800 food packs to families who were affected by the July 27 earthquake; reorganization of committees and councils; 100 percent collection of real property tax from Barangay Caneo for two consecutive years leading to the collection of 13 percent above the target collection. – Christy Mae Che-es