Bukidnon prepares for Kaamulan 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/19 January) Preparations are underway for the Kaamulan 2012 celebration, scheduled from February 16 to March 10 with organizers proposing a total of P6.08 million budget to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Wednesday.

The Kaamulan Field Operations Committee, now known as the Kaamulan Management Committee, has convened twice on January 5 and 19, to assess and prepare for the orderly and peaceful conduct of different activities. But the Provincial Tourism Office is yet to release the final schedule of the celebration.
The organizers proposed the theme: “Mainstreaming of indigenous peoples’ customs towards ecological appreciation and sustainable development.”

The proposed budget included about P1.68 million to be sourced from private donors for new activities.  The rest, P5 million, will be from the provincial government’s coffers.

The biggest chunk of the budget goes to the annual street dancing competition, with a budget of P1.94 million.

But provincial board members did not pass the proposed budget yet.

Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. told Laila Marte, PTO officer who presented the proposed budget to board members, some items will have to be discussed at the committee level. Zubiri questioned some items in the budget even if he vowed that the board will take the matter urgently.

Among the items he questioned included what for him were excessive budgets for the Foundation day parade and program for P100,000; Capitol stage improvement, décor, and Capitol grounds preparation at P170,000; expenses for the gasoline of all committees, P100,000; Night of Bukidnon Artists, P50,000; and the International rugged race, P50,000.

 

He also questioned the holding of P100,000-shoot fest tournament, named after Gov. Alex Calingasan, as not related to the Kaamulan.   He also suggested that the off-road challenge will no longer be held in Mangima, Manolo Fortich town, allegedly because it lacks followers there. He proposed that all Kaamulan activities will be held in Malaybalay.

Board member Roland Deticio, who is a Malaybalay City councilor representing the councilors, also slammed the holding of the Laga Ta Bukidnon (Ms. Bukidnon) beauty pageant as unnecessary.

He also questioned the fee allotted for the pageant director, P150,000. The winner of the pageant will only receive P25,000. Zubiri also questioned if any of the candidates is from the Lumad.

Deticio told Bukidnon News the event, one of the highlights, is also a form of exploitation against women.

Zubiri clarified that he is submitting to the governor’s prerogative but clarified that the questioned items will be referred to the committee on tourism and beatification.

The operations committee facilitated the holding of a traditional ritual led by tribal elders on February 7 to initiate the lay out of the physical set up of the festival. another ritual will be held on February 16, in time for the soft opening.

Kaamulan 2012 ends on March 10, the foundation day celebration of the province. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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