Big­ger Pasko Fi­esta bud­get

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - By Ka­rina V. Cañedo

DAVAO City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Zuleika Lopez yes­ter­day said that this year's Pasko Fi­esta bud­get is big­ger com­pared to last year due to the in­creased prizes and ad­di­tional events pre­pared by the city to be en­joyed by var­i­ous sec­tors.

"Roughly the es­ti­mate is around P13 mil­lion, it is a lit­tle bit higher than the last year be­cause of the ac­tiv­i­ties that we have and then we also in­creased the prizes per ac­tiv­ity wherein the in­struc­tion of the mayor is that no sec­tor will be left be­hind," she said.

"Be­fore, hindi tayo nag­bi­gay ng mga con­so­la­tion prizes, we just gave first, sec­ond and third. This time around we will give more con­so­la­tion prizes. As much as pos­si­ble we would like to en­cour­age more par­tic­i­pants to join para la­hat masaya sa pasko," Lopez added.

She added that there will be ac­tiv­i­ties for chil-

dren, pri­vate sec­tor, In­dige­nous Peo­ple (IP), Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual and Trans­gen­der (LGBT) and for the se­nior ci­ti­zen.

"As much as pos­si­ble it is some­thing that ev­ery­body should en­joy be­cause, of course Pasko Fi­esta sa Davao is para sa tanan, dili para lang sa se­lected in­di­vid­u­als (Pasko Fi­esta in Davao is for all and not just for se­lected in­vid­u­als)," she said.

She added that the pro­posed bud­get is for the con­sid­er­a­tion of the city mayor and they have al­ready pre­pared all the pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties.

"As per in­struc­tion of Mayor In­day, the open­ing cer­e­monies will be on De­cem­ber 1. So if you no­ticed part of the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are solely be­ing put up all over the city in­clud­ing some of the per­form­ers for the Pasko Fi­esta," Lopez added.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view, Lopez said that a 40-foot Christ­mas tree will be placed at Rizal Park in part­ner­ship with a light bulb com­pany. She added that dif­fer­ent parts of the city will also be si­mul­ta­ne­ously lighted dur­ing the Pasko Fi­esta launch. KVC

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