CITY OF MATI, DAVAO ORIENTAL – Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang says that social preparation for the hosting of the Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet on March 19-24 is in full swing.
In a press conference held at the grand conference room of the Capitol on Thursday, February 23, the governor and other officials of the Provincial Government have talked about the preparations of the province to welcome more than 6,000 delegates from other provinces.
Delegates and visitors who are expected to arrive starting March 12 will be billeted in eleven schools of this city. The Provincial Engineering Office is looking for alternative solutions to address the lack of bathing areas since the classrooms that will serve as billeting quarters to be shared by one team have only one comfort room.
Ensuring steady supply of water throughout the duration of the sports event, City Councilor Maria Gracia Tiago says that members of City Council directed the management of Mati City Water District to ensure that there will be no shortage of water supply during the event. She added that they have requested the assistance of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the city to augment water supply for washing and bathing.
Councilor Tiago further announced that local suppliers of purified water are being tapped because tap water is not advisable for human consumption. These potable water suppliers are required to secure permits so they will be held accountable should untoward incident happens. In addition, the six-day sports event will mean a good opportunity for the business of purified water suppliers.
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 4, the province’s electricity provider, DORECO, has made necessary arrangements so power interruption will not occur during the DAVRAA meet.
Meanwhile, for the prices of basic commodities, Jose Calub, OIC Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry has told media that there is no apprehension about overpricing on goods and other basic necessities as price freeze is still imposed until March 24 of the current year.
Fare for public transport is also being constantly monitored by the local government to avoid unauthorized fare hike by some transport groups who might take advantage of the big event.
Governor Dayanghirang called on the media, whom he considers as partners for development, for their support not only in terms of promotion but also in the social preparation. “I would like to tap your help to promote awareness among our constituents, especially the transport sector and the businesses, of how they can contribute to the success of our activity, considering the fact that we are showcasing our place to our thousands of guests from across the region. To tell them that we are all one in this endeavor and to discourage those who might take advantage,” says the Governor.
With the event’s theme “One Davao Region, One Goal: Excellence Through Sports”, the DAVRAA Meet is expected to spur local economic activity and will provide income to both small and big local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, transport sector, and markets, among many others. By Riza M. Golez/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan