MAYOR CITES DINAGYANG LAPSES, EYES SOLUTIONS
AFTER DINAGYANG Members of Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures dismantle the makeshift stage at Judging Area No. 5 (Plaza Libertad are) of the recently concluded Dagyang tribes dance competition. (Photo by Emme Rose Santiagudo)
WHILE the recent Dinagyang Festival was a story of gains and successes, Mayor Jose Espinosa III believes that there is still room for improvement in hosting the annual tourism event.
The mayor said he wants to improve crowd control, especially at the new Dinagyang grandstand on Muelle Loney Street, City Proper.
The mayor said the ten portable toilets spread across the city were not enough to tourists and guests.
Aside from portable toilets, Espinosa also emphasized the need to improve water connections especially in the grandstand.
The mayor laughed off negative comments from critics of this year’s festival.
Instead, he emphasized that he is open to any suggestions and even constructive criticisms for the improvement of the festival.
Despite the lapses, Espinosa expressed his gratitude to the different stakeholders who contributed to the success of this year’s Dinagyang Festival.
Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School dominated the 2019 Dagyang tribes dance competition.
Ilonganon dethroned the 2018 champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School which ended as second runner-up.
The first runner-up was Tribu Paghida-et of La Paz National High School and Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon Avancena National High School copped the third runner-up.
Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School was adjudged fourth runner-up.