For the second time in the last three years, the annual Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet will be hosted by Mati City from March 19-24.
Mati, known for its white sand beaches, will stage the region’s sports conclave chiefly at the hilltop Mati Centennial Sports Complex, the main venue.
The theme and the logo of the regional sporting event in Davao Region were revealed by the hosts in a Management Committee meeting last Friday afternoon to the officials of Department of Education (DepEd) 11.
The theme of this year’s DAVRAA meet is “One Davao Region, One Goal: Excellence through sports”.
The Department of Education (Deped) Mati City has also stepped up preparations for the event that is expected to draw at least 6,000 delegates from all of the Davao Region.
The DAVRAA is a multi-sports competition involving elementary and secondary school athletes.
Perennial champion Davao City Durians is once again out to take the overall title with tough challenge from Davao del Norte, Tagum City, Davao del Sur, Digos City, Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal, Compostela Valley, Davao Occidental and hosts Davao Oriental and Mati City.
Security concerns, meantime, have been tackled by the Davao Oriental Provincial Government.
The Provincial Capitol has appealed to the members of New People’s Army (NPA) to spare the hosting of DAVRAA next month from violence and harassments.
Office of the Provincial Governor chief-of-staff Ednar Dayanghirang, representing Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, bared his appeal to the rebel group during the Mancom meeting.
“I hope the same thing will not happen na ang atong mga kaigsuonan naa pa sa paningkamot sa ilahang insurgency, that they should not create any violence because para ni sa mga tao (I hope our brothers who are still pursuing insurgency, they should not create any violence because this is for the people),” he said.
Dayanghirang recalled the incident the last hosting of the province in 2015 where the Mati City Police Station was attacked by the rebels group a week before the event.
“This is for the next generation of leaders of the Davao Region,” he added.
He said the security forces of the province has already laid down their plans in securing about 6,000 participants including athletes, coaches, game officials and their parents while in the province.
Dayanghirang also said that the security measures being mounted during the event will not be only to the participants but also to the residents of Davao Oriental and Mati City.
During the meeting, the preparation for the regional event is almost 100 percent ready with just minor improvements of the sporting facilities and billeting areas.
Dayanghirang said he is confident that the province and the host city can successfully handle the regional sporting event since they already handled it for about 40 years. (With a report from By Armando B. Fenequito Jr.)