DepEd Davao Kadayawan Float: A Winning Debut Entry Print

By: Edmund Superada

altWhile the marching mandate for the Department of Education (DepEd) is accessibility and continuous improvement of the quality of basic education, it has likewise embraced the responsibility towards the preservation and protection of the environment and indigenous culture.
As a public learning institution, DepEd sees the importance of a balanced and livable habitat as one of the contributing factors of efficient and effective learning. Environmental degradation and a slowly waning Filipino culture and traditions have become a growing concern as the country slowly inches closer towards the modern era.

This premise prompted DepEd Davao City Division, for the very first time, to answer the call for participation in the Pamulak Kadayawan, a contest of well ornamented floats featuring the bountiful flora and fauna of the city with the entry title: K3K – K-12 Para sa Kinaiyahan, Kultura, og Kaugmaon.

As a profound way of educating the people of their cultural heritage and topography, the said government agency poured their best efforts headed by Dr. Maria Ines Asuncion, Schools Division Superintendent, together with the dynamic Public Schools District Supervisors Chairman Dr. Wenefredo Cagape, Dr. Johnito Galan, and Dr. Filipinas Samblingo, and Edmund Superada, Float Designer and Production In-charge.

The intricate design elements and the masterful craftsmanship paved the way for Silver Award besting other 20 entries in Gamay Category in this year’s Kadayawan sa Davao floral float parade.

The flaming torch boded the dissipation of the darkness of ignorance which is believed to be the root cause of our worsening environment and fading identity as true Filipinos. The mountain and waterfalls show the perfect landscape the city could offer. The plants and flowers signify the lush vegetation that is undeniably beyond compare.
The float depicts the DepEd’s K-12 Curriculum, blended with cultural and biodiversity, as well as a representation of the harmonious co-existence of the tri-people of Davao and Mindanao in a shared environment. The symbolism characterized by the Kindergarten for Elementary, the Junior High School, and the Senior High School, representing the 4 Tracks of Senior High School portrayed to be in the frontline as DepEd extends its share in the effort to preserve, and promote Philippine culture and the arts, as well as the seemingly endless struggle to safeguard our threatened environment.

The DepEd Davao City Division’s participation spelled out the magnanimous support to the city government towards its worthwhile initiatives that truly raise the level of cultural and environmental awareness which leads to developing stronger, more united and resilient Davaoenos, ever ready for the challenges ahead.