THE staging of the Parada Dabawenyo was generally peaceful because of the intensified security measures prepared by the security forces and various stakeholders.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Alexander Tagum said based on their estimates, there were more than 4,000 individuals who watched along the parade route, although more were already lined up where free lunch was to be served.
“In our observation in the security sector, we can say na orderly and we were able to control the people despite the huge number who went here. There were quite a number of people, but because of the overwhelming security personnel deployed in Davao City with the celebration of the 81st Araw ng Davao, we can say that we were able to control them,” Tagum said.
Maximum deployment was implemented by DCPO with the additional augmentation of police forces from Police Regional Office (PRO 11) and additional force multipliers through the Volunteer Police Auxiliary, Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) personnel with their counterpart on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Task Force Davao, among others.
He also emphasized that the cooperation of the public played a major role in their successful coverage as some have heeded to their reminder not to bring backpacks and baggage which made it easier for the security officers to check their belongings.
Despite the crowd, he said they have not noted any pickpocketing incidents.
“We can say that our security screening for the people has become manageable,” he said.
Meanwhile, with the events to be held at night, Tagum said they will still implement the curfew ordinance of the city which prohibits minors to stay late at night, thus, he reminded parents to look after their children.
“Definitely ang atoang curfew sa mga minors is in effect so advised nato sa mga kabataan ug sa mga ginikanan, please advise your children na dili sila mgapaabot sa curfew hour because definitely we will pick those minors para ma-ensure ang ilahang security,” he said.
On one hand, Task Force Davao (TFD) commander Colonel Nolasco likewise said that no significant incidents were recorded in line with the celebration.
“So far yong activity, lahat ng events sa Araw ng Davao have been successfully conducted wala naman tayong nakita na major untoward incidents. The city mayor, Mayor Sara is very happy na naging successful ang conduct ng activity then itong activity,” he said.