Body created to`manage’ politicians during`Kadayawan’

THE EXECUTIVE committee on the Kadayawan celebration is creating a body that will manage visitors, particularly politicians who might take advantage of the festival.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, committee member and head of the city council committee on tourism, said the body will look at ways to manage visitors, particularly those running for elections.

“Of course we have our do’s and don’ts, especially if they want to give a speech during the festival, so they will not hamper the programs,” said Alejandre.

The top committee will also look into those running for elections who will mount activities during the celebration as the event is taking place months before the filing of candidacies.

“We will plan out the activities they are allowed to join in, but it should not be voting-related. Probably just a ‘hi-and-hello’ with the people,” he said.

Lawyer Marlon Casquejo, assistant regional director for the Commission on Elections, said they would not be able to stop the political visitors from joining the festival as long as there was no premature campaigning.

“Once the election period starts that is when the do’s and don’t begin,” said Casquejo.

Alejandre said the city government, through Assistant City Administrator Jhopee Agustin, is finalizing the budget requirements of the event.

Last year’s Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival had a budget of P12 million.

The pearl celebration of the Kadayawan will run from August 17 -23, with majority of the bigger events held on the 21st, said Alejandre.

“August 21 is also Indigenous Peoples Day, which is a special non-working holiday,” added the councilor.

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