Jimenez: Davao is tourism gateway of the south-A A +A
Saturday, August 18, 2012
DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said Saturday that Davao City could be declared as the country's tourism gateway of the south.
Jimenez issued the statement in his brief speech during the final showdown of the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan along San Pedro Street on Saturday.
"Hindi po ako nandito for enjoyment, nandito po ako para kumuha ng inspiration para sa ika gaganda at ikasisigla ng turismo sa ating bansa (I am not here for personal enjoyment, I am here to be inspired on how to further improve our country's tourism sector)," Jimenez said.
Jimenez lauded the people behind the success of this year's Kadayawan, as well as the city's and the region's vibrant tourism.
He also lauded the regional chief of DOT in Davao Region Arturo Boncato Jr.
Saturday's event was well-attended not only by locals of Davao City but also visitors from all sectors across the country.
Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, former 2002 Hiyas sa Kadayawan Juliana Palermo were among the visitors of Saturday’s event at the Rizal Park Grounds.
Local personalities, politicians, and business tycoons from all over the country were also seen during the event.
Members of the city's legislative department were also visible during the event.
Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio was also present during the entire street dancing showdown but her father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, was not seen during the whole event.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 19, 2012.