Stricter security measures for 32nd Kadayawan Fest

By Lilian Mellejor

August 14, 2017, 12:58 pm

Police Poster
A Davao City Police Office (DCPO) poster on Community Awareness during the Kadayawan Festival.  (Photo courtesy of DCPO PIO)


DAVAO CITY, Aug 14 -- The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and the Task Force Davao iare implementing stricter security measures in Davao City as the week-long activities for the celebration of Kadayawan Festival opens at 4 p.m. Monday.

City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio leads the opening ceremonies at Magsaysay Park.

Task Force Davao Chief Col. Bernard Neri said the security plan for the 32nd Kadayawan Festival has been in place in the past week and it is only a matter of implementing measures to ensure a safe celebration and secure the public. More police and security forces with the support of the other units, Cafgus and reservists will be seen on streets.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) already released posters on the do’s and don’ts whenever the public go to event venues. The public is asked to observe security measures to be implemented during the duration of the festival.

People going to converging points are not allowed to bring backpacks, cola drinks in bottle and canisters, bottled water, firearms, and other bladed or sharp weapons.

Duterte-Carpio had earlier ordered security forces to harden security preparation for the Kadayawan more than what is currently implemented in the city.

The city mayor wanted an “over preparation”. This means, “prepare more than the standard preparation for the Kadayawan, to excess all possible means for the security of Davao City,” she said.

She said the security forces cannot just simply prepare for the Kadayawan celebration, but to prepare more than their usual procedure to ensure a safe celebration of the Kadayawan Festival.

Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) chief Benito De Leon said an estimated 17,000 personnel will be deployed in the entire city to implement security measures.

He added the security forces will implement stop and frisk procedure to ensure that no person will carry bladed weapons, explosives, and firearms especially inside venues of the events.

De Leon said the security forces may conduct warrantless searches through stop and frisk procedure following the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, De Leon said.

While the Kadayawan Festival is officially celebrated from August 14 to 20, City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Chief Generose Tecson said Kadayawan-related events will still continue the whole month of August. Last Friday, the Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival was held at Sta. Wharf.

This year’s events include the Kadayawan Village and Bantawan (Cultural Show); Hiyas ng Kadayawan Talent Competition on August 15; Habi Kadayawan (Fashion Competition) on August 17; Kaondayawan (Food and Music) on August 17; Tribal Games, mugan Kadayawan, river float parade, Doodle Competition, Hiyas ng kadayawan (finals) on August 18; Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan on August 19; and the Floral float parade on August 20.

Tecson said the city government and the executive committee have not invited guests or politicians to grace events but everybody is welcome to celebrate the Festival with the Davaoenos. She said the city is still expecting many visitors during the Kadayawan. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)