THE Davao City Government asked the Bureau of Fire Protection's (BFP) help for the inspection of floats that will be showcased during the Lamdag Parada event, which will kick off on March 3 as part of the highlights of the 81st Araw ng Dabaw.
Lamdag Parada organizer Harold Quibete, during the I-Speak media forum held March 1, said the BFP played a vital role in planning for the event, particularly during their safety and security meeting.
"Most of the things that will be used in the Lamdag Parada will involve electricity, the Banda Dasig, is drum and bugle lyre competition but they need to have lights, so they have light bulbs and battery attached on their costume. We make sure that all the float will be inspected by the BFP and each entry for the float parade should have fire extinguisher," he said.
He added that aside from the fire extinguisher requirement, the designer of the float plus an electrician should accompany the float during the parade.
Quibete said this is to ensure that the safety of the performers will not be compromised.
He said the Central 911 will also be nearby.
At present, there are nine contingents for the float parade, nine contingents for the Banda Dasig open category, and 14 contingents for the elementary category.
A total of P1.5-million worth of prizes will be given away to the winners.
The grand winner will take home P200,000, while the winners of the Banda Dasig will receive P100,000 each.
Quibete said they asked participants to do away with the Christmas-theme design and replace it with Davao City accents, including its icons.
The route for the parade will be the same route as the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan during Kadayawan season. It will start from Roxas Avenue to C.M. Recto Street and would turn right at Landbank to Bonifacio Street.
There will only be two exhibition or showdown areas, which will be at near Marco Polo and at the back of the stage at Rizal Park.