City of Mati welcomes DAVRAA delegates
By Neela G. Duallo
MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (9 February) -- Expecting five thousand delegates from Davao Region, complementing the 10 thousand expected crowd in the Opening Ceremony of the Davao Regional Athletics Association-DAVRAA Meet, the City of Mati welcomes the delegates, guests, and spectators to the momentous showcase of sports supremacy, and in what could also be the best manifestation of true sportsmanship.
Final preparations have been made, billeting areas and sports venues made up, and committees to the DAVRAA have also taken the final steps before the City of Mati stages the said sports event.
Each committee has representations from the city government and from the Dept of Education-Davao Oriental Schools Division.
For their part, City of Mati PNP has set their security plan for DAVRAA, and prepare for their final briefing before the official start of the games.
Mati PNP-Chief of Police Sr. Police Spt. Candido Suralta said that a joint security task force enjoining the PNP and the Philippine Army was created to ensure success in the implementation of the security plan.
Suralta said that in big events such as the DAVRAA, prediction and assessment are two key factors, and that there are three phases in the preparation.
These are the pre-activity operation, the actual operation, and the post activity operation.
For the DAVRAA Meet, 200 security men and volunteers comprising the task force are tasked to provide security to the big event.
Earlier, City of Mati Mayor Michelle Rabat expressed optimism that Mati can pass the hosting of DAVRAA with flying colors, in tradition of hosting big and even bigger sports events, such as the Mindanao Friendship Game during the time of then Mayor Francisco "Paking" Rabat.
"With the experience and the preparations, I see no reason for debacle, and we will make it this time, especially now that Mati is already a City, "she said.
The DAVRAA Meet is the first major event to be hosted by Mati after it turned into a component city on June 19, 2008. As such, DAVRAA will put its mark in making a new history for Mati.
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon also shares the excitement of welcoming participants and guests, to the City of Mati and Province of Davao Oriental.
As a formal welcome, the Governor will join them for dinner in the Governor's Night on February 10, 2008, at the Centennial Sports Complex.
"We have a lot to show them, and topping our pride and potentials is our hospitality," she said.
Athletes of the Host City have been sweating it out in practices in the different sports venues to give their best in the events to be competed, both in the elementary and secondary level on February 10-15, 2008.
Venues include the Centennial Sports Complex, Mati Socio Cultural Center, Mati Central Quadrangle, Dahican Sports Complex, Emmanuel Pelaez Activity Center, among others.
And the best people can do to ascertain success of DAVRAA, Mati Chief of Police Suralta said, is "to participate, cooperate, and coordinate". (DXHM-City of Mati/PIA XI) [top]