CTO assures no cancellation yet of Kadayawan '13 events

Subscribe Now August 09, 2013 at 08:11am

DAVAO City Tourism Office (CTO) officer-in-charge Lisette Marques said on Thursday they have not cancelled any activity related to this year's Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.

"We are continuing. We did not stop preparing," Marques told Sun.Star Davao amid the pronouncement of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday that he is planning to cancel some events of this year's Kadayawan celebration because of security reasons.

Duterte earlier said he is just awaiting final assessment from the intelligence community on the issue of security and order in the wake of the series of bomb blasts in other parts of Mindanao.

Marques said that should the mayor ultimately decides to call off some of the events, the activities that will likely be affected are the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan and Pamulak or floral float parade, two major highlights of the annual festivity.

She admitted that immediately after Duterte's announcement several contingents have inquired from her office if indeed there will be scrapping of events.

"We assured them that there's no cancellation yet," Marques said. "This is a celebration. This is a celebration of life most of all."

But, the CTO head said they will understand the mayor if he goes on to cancel some Kadayawan events.

"We would sacrifice lives for business," Marques said.

The City Government of Davao had allocated P6 million for this year's Kadayawan celebration, the same budget allotted by the private sector.

The Kadayawan festivity formally opens Friday afternoon at People's Park.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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