Dinagyang ’19 ‘not perfect but successful’

Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III said the celebration of the 2019 Dinagyang Festival was a “success.” (Photo by IMT NEWS/ Reymar Latoza)

The staging of this year’s Dinagyang Festival was “not perfect,” but Mayor Jose Espinosa III considered it a “success.”

Espinosa said there was no major problem that affected the entire celebration of the 51st edition of the festival.

He commended the people behind the recently concluded event for a job well done.

The mayor also thanked those who supported the festival and everyone who took part for the cooperation.

Espinosa disclosed that his office received several complaints in connection with the holding of the festival this year.

But he said he welcomed the complaints as well as constructive criticisms and suggestions.

These, according to Espinosa, would help improve further the festival.

Among the complaints were the lack of portalets or potable toilets and insufficient supply of water.

Importante gid ang portalets, including ang water connections,” Espinosa said.

The mayor also pointed out the need to improve crowd control.

“For example ang bag-o nga grandstand, kinanglan additional and movable barriers,” he said.

In terms of waste management, Espinosa said:”Ginhimo ta tanan nga preparation and cleanup, wala man ta nagkulang sa reminders.”

The mayor said right after the celebration, General Services Office (GSO) personnel cleared away the garbage left on streets.

In a report by the Philippine News Agency, Chief Supt. John C. Bulalacao, PRO-6 director, said this year’s celebration of Dinagyang was “peaceful and orderly.”

“We have again achieved zero major crime incident and reduced the numbers of street crimes.”

Senior Supt. Martin Defensor Jr., Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, said there were only five street crimes recorded in the three-day highlights of the festival.IMT