Project #GanDavao aims to send a message of LOVE to our fellow countrymen — that we are done fighting fire with fire in this nonsense war in social media; that we choose love over hatred and fear, hoping this would open the hearts and minds of the Davaoeño masses that it is not yet too late to start making the change ourselves. We believe that we are at a crucial time where our actions today as conscious, responsible citizens will determine our future as a nation.
It is not unknown to us that there have been countless attacks against our people in social media ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016. In an instant, our adversities have become an entertainment to some. People on Facebook and other social media platforms condemn us for being Davaoeños, blaming our misfortunes to the president.
This year, the team has decided to remake #GanDavao and use the platform to correct the common misconception or at least show the online community that DAVAO isn’t just a city but a whole, united region in Southern Philippines. We are a region of peace-loving Filipinos and the actions of others don’t define us. WE CHOOSE TO LOVE. WE CHOOSE TO UNITE. WE CHOOSE PEACE.