March 16 and 17, 2017 have been declared as non-working holidays in Davao City to make way for the celebration of the 80th Araw ng Dabaw (Davao).
March 16, pursuant to Sec. 2 of Republic Act 7551, is declared as non-working holiday annually since 1994 to celebrate Araw ng Davao. Dabawenyos (Davao locals) have very long weekend to look forward to and get an extra day to celebrate the city’s foundation day as Malacañang Palace declare March 17 (Friday) as special non-working holiday.
“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Davao be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” said Proclamation No. 166 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
The local government of Davao City, headed by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, kicks off the weeks-long celebration of the city’s incorporation day on Wednesday, March 1 with an inaugural mass at the San Pedro Cathedral. Among the other highlights of the citywide celebration will be the Mutya ng Dabaw on March 15, Parada Dabawenyo on March 16 and street dance party on March 17.