Up to 500,000 expected to attend June 4 thanksgiving event

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – Up to 500,000 people from all over the Philippines are expected to flock in droves to the Davao Crocodile Park on Saturday, June 4, for the 12-hour thanksgiving event of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Lead organizer Kat Dalisay told reporters Monday night that they are 70-percent ready, except for the minimal adjustments they have to do for the media who will cover the big event which will start from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

She said Duterte has confirmed attendance in the thanksgiving event.

A total of 4,500 security personnel will be dispatched in the park’s concert area proper and the immediate environs while additional 1,500 personnel will secure the entrance of the park and the Diversion Road, she said.

“Sobrang dami naming security  personnel. Those who have suspicious behaviors will be questioned. Yung mga naka-shades, anyone who will be caught will be questioned,” Dalisay said.

Some 586 artists from Mindanao will perform from 1 to 8 p.m., Manila artists from 8 to 10 p.m., and disc jockeys for the rave party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Event-goers are now allowed to bring alcoholic drinks inside but there will be booths for booze provided in the park which will be “moderately served.”

“Lahat ng booths doon will be closely monitored ng security and in-house bouncers dun. Bawal magdala ng alcohols, may mga sponsors ng water,” Dalisay said.

Event-goers should also expect a tighter security as there will be four layers of frisking before entering the concert area.

She said males will be asked to remove their shoes and socks while women will be subject to thorough frisking to ensure that no lethal drugs and pointed materials can be sneaked inside the venue.

Dalisay reminded event-goers that backpacks, cigarettes, and lighters are not allowed inside.

Based on the security planning with the Presidential Security Group (PSG), small vehicles will be allowed to park at the designated parking space at the nearby Ciudad Verde.

Parking along Diversion Road will not be allowed to prevent traffic congestion. The main entry and exit point will be at the main gate of the Crocodile Park but organizers will open two exit points at the Ciudad Verde.

The organizers assured that there will be no signal jammer and that Globe Telecom will install signal boosters to address internet connection problems during the event.

Dalisay said they will also request the City Council to allow a truck ban during certain hours to ease up traffic congestion.

Organizers, she said, will provide 40 buses to offer free rides to supporters in designated pickup points downtown. The same buses will transport the supporters back.

“Sa security planning, cars are allowed. We have designated parking areas at the Ciudad Verde. We will post the traffic scheme. Beverage will be offered but not to minors. We will follow the liquor ban. No smoking. No lighters,” Dalisay stressed.