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1,000 troops readied for ‘Araw ng Davao’

Davao City — “It could be as tight as Martial Law.”

This is how Mayor Rodrigo Duterte described the security for the coming big events of the “77th Araw ng Davao” which will culminate this week, where more than 1,000 policemen and Army troops were already deployed at various strategic areas in the city.

Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato, Fun Sale, Lisette Marques, Manila Bulletin

FUN SALE – Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato and Davao Tourism Officer Lisette Marques lead the opening of the Big Davao Fun Sale Friday at the Rizal Park in Davao City in line with the celebration of the 77th Araw ng Davao. (Photo by Alexander Lopez)

During the City Peace and Order Council meeting on Wednesday, Duterte ordered the authorities to intensify their efforts, especially in keeping the city safe on the “Araw” celebration.

Earlier, Duterte said that “Sayaw sa Dalan” or street dancing will be done inside the People’s Park but when retired general Francisco Villaroman, chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center assured that there will be no threats on the celebration of “Araw ng Davao,” the mayor agreed to celebrate in the streets.

“I agree that the street dancing would still be done in the streets. Go ahead with the show along the streets of Davao and I believe that it’s the correct decision. All I wanted is to have a safe celebration among the viewers,” Duterte stressed.

“Also, the assurance I got from the Task Force and Davao City Police Office chief Vicente Danao prompted me to continue the street dancing the way it (was) done before,” he added.

The police and military placed Davao City under heightened alert status and deployed about 2,500 personnel in various areas to ensure the safety of the people, especially that thousands of tourists, spectators, local and foreign delegates expected to visit the city this month.

Personnel from Task Force Davao, Davao City Police Office, Central 911 Unit, Public Safety Command Center, Traffic Management Center, Regional Public Safety Battalion, and civilian volunteers, will also be deployed in the city.