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Tagum City to codify 15 festivals to roll off in 2020

November 03, 2019 - Sunday 6:11 PM by MDM

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DAVAO DEL NORTE — A Code of  Festivals will soon  be passed to institutionalize 15 Festivals  to roll off in Tagum City starting January next year.
In an interview, City of Tagum Mayor Allan L. Rellon said that the final version of the Code “is now being prepared” to set the festivals into the bucket of projects and activities of assigned City Government offices.
“Whoever would be elected (officials) ma “go” na,  because it is in the department,” Rellon said in explaining that each festival is assured of a budget appropriation.
Starting off in January is the Taxpayers’ Festival which would be run for the first time. Though renewal of business permits is marked annually, January 2020 would be  the first time that such  period would be hailed as a festival highlighted with a distinct way of welcoming bookkeepers and offering of free-flowing coffee, water and banana.
 “There will be forum and then awarding at the end,” said Rellon who had assigned  the Taxpayers Festival to City Treasurer Ann Beltran.
Unfolding in February is the Love Festival with Valentine's Day as the core celebration encapsulating the entire festivity of the month.
Moving on to March is the Musikahan Festival that will  also carry through within the month, the Araw ng Tagum, the State of the City Address  and Mutya ng Tagum and other tourism events to  be handled by City Tourism Officer Vicerjean Casiano.   
Getting into the Lenten month of April is the Hugpong Serbisyo para sa Tagumenyo Festival which is an outreach program delivered to barangays and schools. Such festival of  services is placed under the turf of the City General Services Office headed by Jalmaida Morales.
Moving into the crux of summer in May, coinciding the Flowers of May  is the Youth  Festival that will be run by Dr. Jacqueline Bandong de Asis of  the City Youth Development Office.
Rellon along with other city government officials, wants to sustain a separate festival for Muslim residents of Tagum through bannering the Pakaradjan Festival in June that would be managed by Xylee Labastida  of  the City Tribal Office.
In recognition the LGBTQ Plus sector, the City Government marks July with Pride Festival that would run in month-long instead of the usual three to four days. On top of sports and beauty pageant, Rellon expects the Pride Festival, to include  learning sessions  on entrepreneurship . Such festival is placed under the City Tourism Office.
The Farmers’ Ugmad Festival is set in advance in August from the usual month of September which would be hosting two separate festivals:  the Handuraw Festival for the elderly sector and  the Lingkod Bayani Festival to mark the Civil Service Month.  
The September festivities  are jointly managed by Sally Balili of the City Social Welfare and Development Office to handle the  Handuraw and Edna Quilario of the City Human Resource Human Resource Office to manage the  Lingkod the Bayani festival.
The festivity in October will again find its  way towards the City Tribal Office to handle the Kalimunan or Tribal Festival that will unfold back to back with the Scouting Festival also set in October.
The city will join the United Nations in observing Children’s Month in November with Gender and Development (GAD) focal Tonette Delima and CSWDO Balili as organizers.
The public would still be viewing the giant Christmas Tree of Tagum during the December Thanksgiving Festival that would stand as the signature Christmas festival of Tagum City, in lieu of the Paskuhan. 
Rellon revealed that the Tagumenyo Bisag Asa (Tagumenyos Everywhere) to welcome home  the Tagumenyo balikbayans will be held in December instead of March. This event will still be organized by Rogeneth Pagdilao of the   City Public Education and Services Employment Office.  PIA 11