The local government of Davao City will not cancel upcoming events despite the explosion that hit a night market on September 2 which resulted in14 deaths and wounding of more than 60 civilians.
In a phone interview with The Manila Times, Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 11 Director Roberto Alabado 3rd said they are prepared and the region continues to put security their top priority in hosting big occasions for this year and for the year 2017.
Davao Region, particularly Davao City, is being eyed for events such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings next year where 500 to 800 delegates from different countries are expected to attend.
“No changes. In terms of security planning, it is part of any events organized not just in Davao but in all places. That’s why the events here in Davao, we always take into consideration the risk management like security and everything, so it’s very normal,” Alabado said.
According to him, President Rodrigo Duterte gives priority to peace and order and security and they are confident that the national and local government will ensure that proper measures are put in place.
“As our Mayor said here, Sara Duterte, we are standing up now. We are showing that life goes on although we still have to take the necessary precaution, (by) being vigilant and more aware of our surroundings,” Alabado added.
Despite the bombing, the DOT Region 11 is set to push through their summer tourism campaign dubbed – Visit Davao 2017 – that intensifies its drive to make Davao a top destination in Summer 2017.
Meanwhile, Gene Rose Tecson, Davao City Tourism Officer shared that the number of visitors in Davao City for 2015 were 1,730,000, up by about 15 percent since Duterte ran for president. Though currently visited by Davao-curious foreign and local tourists, the city aims to further generate tourism appreciation through remarkable tourism experiences.