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DAVRAA a big boost to Davao City's economy

January 24, 2019 - Thursday 4:01 PM by Lovely Carillo

UPMIN SPORTS CENTER.The newly-constructed Sports Center at the University of the Philippines Mindanao in Bago Oshiro will be the venue of the 2019 DAVRAA opening ceremony on Sunday. The viewing deck and the football field are ready for the athletes and their supporters. LOVELY CARILLO

DAVAO CITY -- The hosting of the six-day Davao Athletics Association Meet 2019 (DAVRAA) slated from January 27 to February 2 at the Davao City-UP Mindanao Sports Complex in Bago Oshiro is seen as a big boost to the city’s economy.

“We expect some 7,700 people to come to Davao starting January 25 so our marketplace will be very busy; it is a big boost to our economy,” Department of Education (DepEd) spokesperson Jenielito Atillo said.

A total of 11 delegations from all over the Davao Region will participate in the DAVRAA. Each delegation will have at least 500 athletes plus their coaches and other members of their contingents.

While the athletes will be staying in the various public schools in the city, some members of their families as well as their supporters are expected to stay in hotels.

Each delegation will be bringing in their own kitchen staff who are expected to source their ingredients from the local markets and supermarkets.

Around 3,000 combined security forces will also be deployed all over the city to ensure the safety of the delegates and guests. The security forces will include 1,272 police personnel from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) plus hundreds more from the Police Regional Office, Task Force Davao, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Each delegation will bring with them at least 16 security personnel from their own provinces to ensure their safety on the way to the city and during their stay here.

Aside from the markets and restaurants, also expected to benefit from the malls and pasalubong centers that sell souvenir products from the city.

The DAVRAA, along with two other major sporting events hosted by the city this year, is expected to boost the city’s tourism arrivals which is targeted to reach 2.8 million this year. The other two events are Ironman on March 24 and the Palarong Pambansa.

“We are confident we will surpass the almost 2.4 million tourist arrivals in the city last year considering that we will be hosting very big events this year,” City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Chief Regina Tecson said.