During the reign of Mayor Rey T. Uy as the father of Tagum, Tagum was a product of the journey undertaken by its people, advancing in the field of good governance, basic and social services, commerce and human development. Improving the quality of life of Tagumeños is central to the city’s progress. Innovative services from literacy to health, nutrition, shelter, and education are provided to the public. At the heart of these social services is the belief that happy citizens make a happy city.
SCHOOL DENTAL PROGRAM
The School Dental Program initiated by Mayor Uy provides free basic services for public school children.
“SAGOT KO BUHAY MO” PROGRAM
Tagum resident patients at the Davao Regional Hospital are given medical and financial assistance, facilitated by Tagum personnel assigned to the hospital. Mayor Uy also arranged for the provision of a blood separator at DRH to facilitate the quick processing of blood components to quickly address emergency cases such as dengue and other illnesses. Multiple depositories for blood allow easy access in case of emergencies. The City Mobile Blood Collecting Team was also establishing under Mayor Uy’s administration.
Kidney patients from the city’s “Sagot ko Buhay Ko” Program which provides Hemodialysis and blood assistance.
LUNAS GINHAWA & BALIK-SIGLA PROGRAM
816 recorded stroke patients have been helped by the Balik Sigla Program last 2009. This is an expanded health programs of Mayor Uy in order to give free massade and exercise therapeutic services to the stroke patients from 23 barangays of Tagum.
ENHANCING THE CAPABILITIES OF WOMEN
- LIVELIHOOD TRAINING PROGRAM
The Tagum City Council of Women provides livelihood training programs such as food processing, handicraft making, hog raising, cosmetology, flower arrangement, kakanin-making, caradava banana chips processing, and sari-sari store and eatery operation. These are supplemented with trainings on basic accounting and management, and product development, packaging and labelling.
RESETTLEMENT AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING PROJECTS
- BAHAY AT BUHAY PROGRAM
Mayor Uy initiated the land banking strategy to acquired land viable for settlement. The assistance goes beyond providing shelter. With the help of TESDA the “BAHAY at BUHAY” Program provides mainstream skills training on basic masonry, hollow blocks making and carpentry to support the relocated families.
The almost finish houses to be relocated into by coastal residents of Garinan in Barangay Madaum. The residents were transferred from their area at risk of floods, to the inland IGA UY site that is near school and the market. The Tagum City Government also provided construction materials such as galvanized iron sheets, hollow blocks, cement, nails, and lumbers-enough to build a decent house.
- LINGAP PINUY-ANAN FOR THE POOR
Tagum’s Shelter Assistance Program “Lingap Pinuy-anan” is a bayanihan effort. Citizens and groups volunteer along with Tagum City Employees for the concreting of floors] in the homes of beneficiaries.
Tagum’s award-winning Literacy Program aims to shape the Tagumenos character and empower them through adequate and quality formal, non-formal and informal education.
- The Alternative Learning System (ALS) is implemented in 18 barangays. The program include basic Literacy, Palengskwelahan, ALS accreditation and equivalency, Balik Paaralan para sa Out of school Adults (BPOSA)], and Balik-Aral sa Selda. The Target sites are those with high illiteracy rate and a large number of out of school youths and adults.
Palengskwelahan is a non-formal education for children inside the market. A brainchild of Mayor Uy, the shool in the market provides schooling on-site to children who are unwantedly exposed to vending, cleaning, and other activities inside the Public Market.
Project R.E.Y (Reading Empowers Youth) establishes reading clinics in recipient schools to improve reading and comprehension through free remedial classes.
The Balik-Aral sa Selda (BASE) or Literacy for inmates is a program especially designed for inmates at the Tagum City Jail. It provides basic Literacy and eventually continuing education to inmates.
COMMUNITY SKILLS TRAINING
The Community Skills Training Program adopt the community-based training for enterprise Development of TESDA. Trainings on various courses provide graduates the opportunity to be employed locally or abroad.
Some of these courses are automotive repair and butchering. The highly successful butchering course, a joint project of the City Mayor’s Office- Special Operations Unit and the City Veterinarian Office, provides free hands-on training for 6mos. to enrolees at the City Slaughterhouse.
Aside from actual training, the Local Government partnered with the University of Mindanao Tagum College to give enrolees additional competitive edge via the Skilled Workers English Enhancement Program.
From 2008 to January 2013, Tagum City has sent 171 butchers to Canada and Australia.
THE RTU MUSIC MAKERS
The free RTU Musical instrument workshop to students 8 to 18 years of age develops their talent in playing the piano, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, guitar and drums-channelling the youth’s energy and creativity to a beautiful and productive activity.
SPORTS FOR ALL SEASONS
Tagum’s sports events are competitive, exciting, and always fun. The city’s-wide park and indoor volleydrome make it ideal for sports activities for all ages and abilities.