Parada Dabawenyo eyes 15,000 participants
Parada Dabawenyo eyes 15,000 participants
Parada Dabawenyo event organizer Harold Quibete said about 10,000 to 15,000 individuals from 277 groups are expected to participate in the parade.

Speaking at the I Speak media forum on Thursday (Mar.16), Quibete said each group must have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 members, not including the group's marching band.  

“We will be starting in Roxas Avenue. We will start at around 6:30 to 7 in the morning,” Quibete said. 

He added that the first group of contingents is expected to arrive at the San Pedro Square at 8 in the morning.

“We are in a joint coordination with the Public Safety and Security Office and the City Tourism’s Office in the conduct of a safe and very secure Parada Dabawenyo 2023,” he said in a report from the City Information Office.

There will be two water stations located on C.M. Recto Street and at the Rizal/Legazpi Street intersection. Emergency responders from Central 911 will also be in varying points of the parade route.  

Quibete further said that the parade is a maximum-security event, and as such, the organizing committee as well as the safety and security cluster will not allow the wearing of jackets, laser lights, sharp objects, and other items prohibited under Davao City’s prevailing culture of security. 

Public Security and Safety Office (PSSO) head Angel Sumagaysay in the same forum said over 4,000 security personnel from Davao City’s safety and security cluster will be deployed during the Parada Dabawenyo. 

He said up to 50,000 people are expected to gather during the parade, and the security detail to be deployed is more than enough to provide sufficient security coverage.

“I believe ang security nato to be deployed can really compliment the expected number of crowd,” Sumagaysay said.

Although 4,037 security personnel are now ready to be deployed for the parade, Sumagaysay said a few alterations may arise to accommodate the presence of some high-profile guests that will be attending the event.

“The latest info yesterday, baka magdagdag ng security because of the presence ng isang VVIP na mag-attend during the Parada Dabawenyo so magkaroon talaga ng adjustment pa. ‘Yong 4,037 naka-ready na ni sila Sumagaysay said. 

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