More than 100 organizations and individuals, including top taxpayers from the private sector that gave valuable contributions to Davao City for the past year were recognized by the City Government of Davao during the Pasidungog: Garbo sa Davao held at Aves Room, Acacia Hotel, March 8, 2023 Wednesday.

Davao City Acting City Administrator Atty. Francis Mark H. Layog, in his speech, said that the Pasidungog is a way of showing the city’s gratitude for all the things that the stakeholders have done for Davao City.

In a speech by City Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte read by Layog, he said that the success that Davao City has achieved in the past 86 years is made possible with combined and coordinated efforts of all stakeholders in the city.

“Today we give due recognition to these organizations and individuals who support the programs and initiatives of the local government in the past year that have enabled us to create a better and more livable city for all,” the mayor said in his speech.

The mayor said that this is the fifth year of recognizing outstanding Dabawenyos through the Pasidungog.

He said that for this year, the city commends organizations and individuals who made their mark in business, cooperative and economic development, public safety, disaster, and crisis response, social services, health, urban infrastructure and housing resettlement, education, animal health welfare and productivity, tourism, and the arts.

The mayor also especially thanked the top business and real property taxpayers.

“We also thank our top businesses and real property taxpayers for your contributions which have been translated into better services for the people,” the mayor said in his speech.

The awardees for the Top 10 Taxpayers are Davao Light and Power Company, Therma South Inc., Huawei Technologies Phils., Inc., PMFTC Inc, Samsung Electronics Phils., Corp., Holcim Philippines, Inc., Mindanao Shopping Destination Corp- SM Davao Department Store, PHILSAGA Mining Corporation, Zuelig Pharma Corporation, and Honda Philippines Inc.

The awardees for the Top 10 Real Property Taxpayers of Davao City are Therma South Inc., Davao Union Cement Corp., Accendo Commercial Corp., Southernpoint Properties Corp., SM Prime Holdings, Inc., DMCI Project Developers Inc., Dynasty Management and Development Corp., Smart Communications Inc., Megaworld Corporation and Filinvest Land Inc.

These awardees are given a trophy, certificate of recognition, and plaque of recognition, which were handed over by Atty. Layog, and Atty. Jonah Margaret Presto, Assistant Chief of Staff of the City Government of Davao.

On the other hand, awards were also given to individuals and organizations who contributed to Business Development, Cooperative Development, Public Safety Disaster and Crisis Response, Social Services, Health, Urban Infrastructure and Housing Resettlement, Education, Animal Health Welfare and Productivity, Tourism, Arts and Economic Development.

“To celebrate Araw ng Dabaw is to honor every responsible hardworking, selfless Dabawenyo and the awardees know that we are grateful for all your support for all that you have done and you continue to do. You have shown your Dabawenyo spirit, kamo ang tinuod na Garbo sa atong dakbayan (you are the true pride of the city) and we hope that we can continue to count on you in the future. Sa makausa pa Happy 86th Araw ng Dabaw kaninyong tanan ug Daghang salamat. (Once and for all, Happy 86th Araw ng Davao and Thank you very much),” Mayor Duterte said.

Davao City Vice Mayor Jay Melchor Quitain said that the city will not be able to succeed without the help of the private sector and urged the guests and stakeholders to continue to work hand in hand with the city government for projects and activities, especially for the tourism industry to be fully back to its feet.

Mr. Xavier Eric Manalastas President of ICT Davao Inc. as one of the awardees thanked the City for the recognition received.

“Thank you City Government of Davao for recognizing the efforts and contributions of businesses, groups, individuals, action groups, and response teams here in Davao City. We thank you, especially for the efforts led by City Mayor for making it easier to do business in Davao,” CIO