Foundation to handle most Christmas events

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Monday, November 14, 2011


DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte announced Monday that most of the events set for the annual Christmas festival will still be handled by Duaw Davao Festival Foundation, Inc.

Duterte said eight of the 11 major and minor events, initiated by the private sector, for the upcoming Pasko Fiesta, will be organized by Duaw Davao that also handled this year's staging of Kadayawan sa Davao in August.

Based on Executive Order (EO) No. 43 issued on November 9, creating the executive committee of the 2011 Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw and for other purposes, it showed that there are three private sectors that will organize specific events during the festival.

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Aside from Duaw, Davao City Chinatown Development Council (DCDC) and Davao Association of Tour Operators (Dato) will also be the official partners of the City Government, particularly in organizing various events that will highlight the celebration.

In the private sector-initiated events, Duaw will handle Pasko Fiesta sa People's Park, which includes sub-events as Panaygon, Dasig Sayaw, Tugsayawit, Rondalla, Kahayag sa Pasko, Lamdag Parada, and Pasko Fiesta Bazaar.

On the other hand, DCDC will handle the Pasko sa Chinatown and Pasko sa Litsonan, while Pasko sa Roxas will be handled by Dato.

The City Government allocated more than P2 million for the festival, which will cover prizes for all events initiated by the city, such as Pasko Fiesta sa Lumad, Pailaw sa Dabaw, Elderlympics, Pasko Fiesta sa Rizal and Magsaysay Parks, Pasko Fiesta sa Museo Dabawenyo, Libro sa Pasko, Pasko Fiesta sa mga Bata, and Hulagway sa Dabaw.

Among the main functions of the committee are to encourage other private establishments to also observe the yuletide season by staging their respective Christmas-themed events to make the holiday celebration more joyous and meaningful, as well as to find ways and means to support the success of the planned activities.

"Funding for the private sector-initiated activities shall be sourced from sponsorships coursed through the Duaw Davao Festival Foundation," section four paragraph B of the E.O reads.

The festival's co-chairs are Gene Bangayan of Duaw, representing the private sector, and Jason C. Magnaye for the government sector. (Jereco O. Paloma)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 15, 2011.

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