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Davao City forms execom for major events


TO ensure the successful organizati­on and execution of major city events, Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte has issued Executive Order (EO) No. 12, Series of 2023, on May 24, creating the Executive Committee (Execom) and sub-committees for the Araw ng Dabaw, Kadayawan sa Davao Festival, Pasko Fiesta sa Davao, and other significan­t events.

The order defines their respective powers, functions, and duties, aiming to promote the city’s culture, unity, and creativity.

The City of Davao, known for its vibrant celebratio­ns, commemorat­es its founding anniversar­y on March 1 of each year, in accordance with Republic Act No. 11379. This law declares March 1 as a Special Working Holiday in the City of Davao, Province of Davao del Sur, and is recognized as “Araw ng Dabaw.”

EO 12 underscore­s the importance of meaningful activities during this celebratio­n.

Meanwhile, the Kadayawan sa Davao Festival, celebrated every August, showcases the city’s indigenous peoples, rich culture, and arts. Since its inception in 1988, the festival has gained significan­t popularity, attracting numerous tourists yearly.

The Pasko Fiesta sa Davao, held in December, aims to spread the spirit of giving and merrymakin­g among different sectors of society, particular­ly marginaliz­ed groups while highlighti­ng the talents and creativity of Dabawenyos.

To ensure the effective planning and execution of these annual celebratio­ns, EO 12 ordered the creation of the Execom. The committee will be chaired by the city mayor or, in his absence, the city administra­tor.

The vice-chairperso­n is the assistant city administra­tor for operations, who will assist in overseeing the committee’s activities.

The Execom’s members are the Chief of Staff of the City Mayor’s Office, the Chairperso­n of the Sanggunian­g Panlungsod Committee on Tourism and Beautifica­tion, representa­tives from the City Budget Office, City Tourism Operations Office, Human Resource Management Office, City Legal Office, President of the Davao Tourism Associatio­n, President of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., and co-chairperso­n of the Meetings Incentives Conference Events (MICE) Board.

The Execom has outlined several key responsibi­lities to ensure the successful planning, coordinati­on, and execution of these significan­t city events, including planning and coordinati­on, collaborat­ion with government and private entities, support for implementa­tion, local and internatio­nal exposure, and other mandated functions. /

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