The City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) is hopeful that the “no-jacket policy” enforced by the security forces won’t discourage locals and tourists to participate in the celebration of Kadayawan.
CTOO head Regina Rosa Tecson, on Thursday, also clarified that the policy doesn’t completely prohibit the wearing of jacket in the city.
“Actually it’s not really a no-jacket policy, you just need to take off your jacket for inspection, after that you can already wear your jacket again and I don’t think that’s a problem because we also do it in the airport,” Tecson said.
Tecson agreed that the policy is needed for the “good of the people.”
She said they are expecting an influx of 250,000 of tourists in the city next month in time for the city’s biggest festivity.
“Most people know that here in Davao, there is really a tighter security,” she added.
Tecson assures that this year’s Kadayawan Festival will be the grandest. The event will start on August 2.
“Unlike in the previous years that we put all the events in one week, we will spread it out for the entire weekend of August. The Indak-Indak will be held on the 17th of August while the Pamulak Kadayawan will be on the 24th,” Tecson said.
More of that, the schedules for the big events are already spread out throughout the entire month of August to give chances to the visitors “who had wished to visit the city for the Kadayawan Festival but weren’t able to come because our hotels and other accommodations were fully booked.”