Davao City gets ready for in-person Kadayawan

Subscribe Now June 13, 2022 at 12:47pm

THE Davao City government is eyeing this year's face-to-face Kadayawan Festival celebration after the two years on virtual because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

City Tourism Operations Office Officer in Charge Generose Tecson said the Kadayawan Executive Committee will meet to finalize and approve the face-to-face celebration. The 2022 Kadayawan Festival is slated for August 15 to 21.

Acting mayor Sebastian Duterte, earlier signed Executive Order (EO) 21, Series of 2022, creating the executive committee and subcommittees for the 2022 Kadayawan sa Davao Festival.

EO 21, known as "An Order Creating The Executive Committee And Sub-Committees Of The 2022 Kadayawan Sa Davao Festival And Defining Its Respective Powers, Functions, And Duties," cited that the festival has been one of the major annual tourism events in the country since its inception in 1988.

The festival, celebrated every third weekend of August, is touted as the country's King of Festivals, recognizing the city's indigenous peoples, abundant harvest, and rich and unique culture and arts.

"In order to properly plan, execute, and ensure the success of this year's celebration and to enable the City Government to effectively carry out its intention to promote the city, its people, its harvest, culture, and arts, there is a need to constitute, organize and create a Kadayawan Executive Committee," the EO stated.

The 2022 Kadayawan Executive Committee is composed of the city mayor or in his/her absence, the city administrator as chairman, and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president as co-chairman.

The executive committee members include the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism and Beautification chairman, the incumbent Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Budget Office officer in charge, Museo Dabawenyo officer in charge, City Transport Operations Office (CTOO) officer in charge, and assistant city administrator.

The CTOO will spearhead the festival management and serve as the executive committee's secretariat tasked to handle all administrative and secretarial activities. The executive committee members shall name their respective alternate representatives in case of their absence. They shall plan and ensure the smooth coordination of programs, events, and activities in the festival celebration; invite and/or call for a meeting of all national and city government offices, as well as any private person or entity to ensure the successful staging of the festival.

EO 21 also enjoins all national and local government departments and offices to provide the necessary technical and administrative support to the executive committee for the efficient staging of the Kadayawan.

Source: manilatimes.net

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