335 groups to join Parada Dabawenyo-A A +A
Sunday, March 10, 2013
THE number of contingents for the Parada Dabawenyo, a civic-military parade for 76th Araw ng Dabaw, already reached 335, which is 51 more than last year's group participants.
Erwin Alparaque, assistant city administrator and chair of the Parada activity, said more groups from the national and local government, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), private companies, schools and universities and barangay units are interested to join this year.
He said there were 284 contingents last year that was the biggest number until this year.
Parada Dabawenyo will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
"We encouraged them to participate through sending invitations and many have responded," Alparaque told Sun.Star Davao.
He said there will be a total of 37 drum and bugle corps this year, higher than last year’s 30.
Alparaque said they will be implementing strict guidelines to avoid delay or cause temporary stoppage on the flow of the parade.
For the 15 floats from different private sectors, Alparaque said they advised them that the heights of the floats should not exceed 12 feet from the ground to avoid entanglement with the buntings and electric wires, adding the vehicles should be in good condition and must be well-ventilated to avoid suffocations of driver and riders.
Walking contingents are limited to a maximum of 50 participants only and shall wear the official Araw ng Dabaw parade attire.
Each automobile and motorcycle club is only allowed to use a maximum of 50 motorcycles or vehicles.
Throwing of any promotional and campaign materials are prohibited to avoid distraction on the flow of the parade.
A copy of the order of the parade showed that there will be a total of 10 divisions.
The first division (green group) is composed of the department heads, City Council members, along with participants from the police, military, coast guard, navy, and air force, among others.
Second division (red group) is composed of the different barangay representatives.
The third division (violet group) is the different tribes of the city, including the Mandaya and Iranun tribes, with representatives from the Moro National Liberation Front-Davao City chapter.
The float of the Mutya ng Dabaw 2013, along with the staff of all the offices of the City Government of Davao belongs to the fourth division (blue).
National offices, which volunteered and invited to join, are among the fifth division (orange).
The sixth division (brown) is composed of schools and universities in the city.
The private sectors and business in the city belong to the seventh division (pink).
Volunteer groups and peoples’ organizations will be the eighth division (yellow).
The ninth division (grey) is composed of the different fraternities and sororities.
Lastly, the motorcycle and automobile clubs belong to the 10th division (white).
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 11, 2013.