All systems go for big events in Tagum
by RG Alama
Davao City (13 February) -- A jazz chant competition, a music festival and a national conference on school press. These are all happening this month on Tagum City.
According to the City's first lady Alma Uy, who is also the current chairperson of the Davao Regional Tourism Council, Tagum is all set to host a tide of people coming over for these events.
About 20,000 people are estimated for the Musikahan festival which is slated to run from February 19-28, while the 2010 National Schools Press Conference (Feb. 21-26) is estimated to gather around 3,000 participants. The jazz chant competitions are expecting around 400 contestants.
Mrs. Uy said that the city is ensuring that things would go on smoothly for these events. Just last week a final coordination meeting with the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO) was held where the electric coop promised the city of ample electricity, this despite news of rotating brownouts hitting various parts of the region.
Uy said that the City has allocated around P3-million to purchase 3,000 mattresses for students participants in the NSPC. It has also installed electricity outlets and potable water supply to schools in the city which serves as billeting facilities for visiting students.
"In the past the students used to sleep with just mats or cardboards but in Tagum we make sure they are comfortable so we provide them mattresses." Uy said.
Security concerns has been also addressed as the Tagum City police has assured that with the security measures in place, it will make Tagum as one of the safest places to live. (PIA XI) [top]