Christmas in Davao City officially started Monday evening as the lights in and around City Hall went on transforming the area into a Christmas Wonderland of sorts.
The official lighting ceremony was led by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his youngest daughter, Veronica, who switched the lights on past six last night.
Duterte thanked businessman James Gaisano for his donation of lighting fixtures. The mayor said he initially do not want to spend much money for the decorations and lights especially after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.
But with the overflowing donation from international community for the typhoon victims, he decided to go and spend the money of the Dabawenyos for the Dabawenyos.
DAVAO CITY MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE
After the ceremonial lighting, Mayor Duterte also turned over ten new ambulances to the Central 911. Each ambulance is fully-equipped with life-saving machines and cost about P2 million each.
The brand new ambulances will replace the old ones that in turn will be dispatched to far-flung districts for faster emergency response.
The Central 911 in Davao City is the only medical response unit all over the world that is freely available to the people. Central 911 added to its ensemble its very own Emergency Medical Services Unit, Urban Search and Rescue Unit, Fire Auxiliary Service Unit, and K-9 Unit.