PREPARATIONS have begun for the celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival in August.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order (EO)

creating the executive committee (execom) that will plan, organize, manage, and implement the activities of the festival.

Duterte signed the order on April 15.

The city government has partnered with the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Foundation Inc., a private sector, in holding the annual event.

Duterte heads the execom with Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte and Rollie Dumalag of Kadayawan sa Dabaw Foundation as vice chairpersons.

The Kadayawan Foundation is in charge for the ways and means committee while the City Tourism Office is part of the secretariat.

Councilor Al Ryan S. Alejandre, spokesperson for the execom, said the city will celebrate the 30th Kadayawan this year.

"We need to be prepared because it's going to be the 30th celebration. It will also give the ways and means committee more time to look for sponsors," Alejandre told Sun.Star Davao.

He said there will be no changes to the roster of activities.

The events are Agri-Trade Fair Exhibit, Kadayawan sa Kadalanan, Pamulak, Tunog Mindanaw, Sayaw MIndanaw, Yugyugan sa Kadayawan and Hulagway sa Kadayawan.

There will also be Kadayawan sa Lumadnong Katilingban, which includes the Davao River Festival, Panagtagbo, Lumadnong Bantawan, Lumadnong Dula, and Hiyas sa Kadayawan.

This year’s Kadayawan sa Dabaw will be from August 17 to 23.

The festival will coincide with Indigenous Peoples' Day. ANC