Simple, meaningful Kadayawan this year

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This year’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival will be simple and meaningful.

Acting Mayor Paolo Duterte made this announcement Monday after he signed the Executive Order that called for the creation of a group tasked to ensure the success of this year’s celebration.

Duterte formed the Executive Committee of the Kadayawan by the virtue of Executive Order No. 1, Series of 2016.

“In order to ensure the success of this year’s celebration and enable the City Government of Davao to effectively balance the concerns of the tourism industry and the protection of the rights of the city’s indigenous people in the celebration of the festival, there is a need to constitute, organize and create an executive committee that will plan, organize, manage and implement the activities of this year’s festival,” Duterte said in the EO.

Duterte will be the chair of the executive committee, while former Tourism Asst. Sec. Art Boncato stands as the vice chair.

The group is also composed of Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, chairperson of Committee on Tourism and Beautification at the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Vingelin Bajan of the City Accountant’s Office and City Mayor’s Office chief of staff Raul Nadela, Jr.

In an interview with reporters, Duterte said the execom is open to work with private sector who are willing to help organize the events for the festivity.

“There is a need to enlist the support and participation of the private sector in the planning and execution of the Festival activities in order to fully maximize the benefits that the city anticipates to enjoy,” he said.

Other than ensuring the success of the festivity, the execom is also tasked to promote Kadayawan locally and internationally as it is one of the prime tourism festivities in the Philippines.

This year’s celebration will take place from August 15 to 21.

According to Duterte, he and his sister, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, wants the celebration to be simple yet meaningful, highlighting the contributions and role of the various tribes in the city.

Describing the Lumads and Muslims as the “heart and soul of Kadayawan,” Duterte urged Dabawenyos to “look into their plight and take a closer look into their future and the future of Davao.”

“As we celebrate, let us not forget about their struggles and the injustices committed against them,” said Duterte. “I believe that if we continue to turn a blind eye to their plight, Kadayawan will be meaningless.”Joey Dalumpines/CIO

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