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MATI CITY Kamunaan – House of Mandaya Heritage to showcase Davao Oriental culture

By Alab Maldo

The Kamunaan House of Mandaya Heritage, which showcases Mandaya culture and arts of Davao Oriental, was opened on August 23, at the Bonifacio Town Center at the Mayor Francisco G. Rabat Park and Baywalk in the City of Mati.

The family of City Administrator Atty. Al Aquino initiated the private project together with the help of Lungga Center, a non-government organization, supported by various Mandaya communities residing in the province of Davao Oriental.

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According to Atty. Aquino, they decided to hold the Kamunaan display center for “it is good for the people of Mati to remember our past”.

“Through the Kamunaan project, we will be able to enshrine our ancestors and remember where we came from,” Aquino said

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. The Kamunaan project aims to cherish the ancestors of the various tribal groups here in the province such as the Mandaya, Mansaka, Manobo and Kalagan. Kamunaan came from the Mandaya word “muna” which means ancestors.

Artifacts displayed in Kamunaan came from various Mandaya communities while others are personal collections of the Aquino family.

Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat is said to be planning to donate seed money intended for Mandaya beads making. Furthermore, the project is also accepting any financial donations or assistance from any agency.

The Kamunaan display is free to the public where there are also some novelty items for sale for visitors to buy. Health protocols will be strictly observed wherein only 5 persons are allowed inside at any given time. (CIO MATI/Alab Maldo)

Three City of Mati bays officially accepted on the Most Beautiful Bays in the World roster

The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association has officially accepted the application for inclusion of Pujada Bay in the Most Beautiful Bays in the World list.

In a letter to Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat dated February 19, 2020, MBBW World President Michel Bujold said that their Board of Directors “has voted in favor of accepting Pujada Bay, but also Mayo and Balete Bays together as new member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association.”

It can be recalled that a team from the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental and the City Government of Mati went to Japan on October 2019 to apply for the inclusion of Pujada Bay in the prestigious list during the 15th World Bays Congress.
On January 8-12, 2020, MBBW Treasurer Guy Rousset and General Manager Bruno Bodard arrived in the City of Mati for validation of the Pujada Bay. The two foreign validators were all praises for Pujada Bay.
It was also during the validation that the foreigners got to visit Balete and Mayo Bays which were not originally included in the application. Bodard and Rousset said that they will be recommending to their Board the inclusion of not just Pujada Bay but also that of Mayo and Balete Bays considering that they are all located in the City of Mati. ALSO READ
The foreign validators submitted their on-site visit report, along with some recommendations, to the Board on January 22. After barely a month, the MBBW Board voted in favor of the application.
Bujold informed the provincial and city governments that they would also be sending a copy of the recommendations related to the approval and advised the local governments to implement the said recommendations.
In a statement, City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat welcomed the inclusion of not just one but three bays of the city in the MBBW. Mayor Michelle thanked Governor Dayanghirang for initiating the application as well as all Matinians who participated and cooperated in the city’s efforts for the protection and preservation of the three bays and its inhabitants.
“Now all three bays in the City of Mati are in the list of MBBWA which is a testimony of how beautiful our waters are. This rare feat now becomes a challenge for us to do more and persevere in our efforts for the protection and preservation of our environment,” said Mayor Michelle.
The lady mayor said that the inclusion of the bays in the list would surely be a big boost not just in their conservation effort but also on their tourism industry as more tourists are expected to visit the City of Mati and enjoy the bays.
“We still have a long way to go. Being included in the list is the least difficult part, staying in the list is more challenging. So to all Matinians I urge you to keep our bays clean like our very own backyard. As your City Government vow to provide more infrastructure and facilities that would help the bays maintain its clean and pristine condition that made it as 3 Most Beautiful Bays in the World,” ended Mayor Michelle. (CIO MATI)

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Mati City crafts master plan for Pujada Bay protection

Pujada Bay’s ‘beauty, cleanliness’ surprise foreign validators

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental — The two foreign validators of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) Club were astounded at the beauty of the Pujada Bay here, as they conducted ground validation on the possible inclusion of the bay to the MBBW.MBBW founder and manager Bruno Bodard and MBBW… Read More

Pujada Bay validators arrive in Mati City

DAVAO CITY — Two foreign validators from the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) Club arrived in Mati City, Davao Oriental, on Wednesday.MBBW founder and manager Bruno Bodard, together with MBBW treasurer Guy Ettiene Rousset, is in Mati for the validation of Pujada Bay’s inclusion in its… Read More

Davao Oriental caps 2019 with fruitful initiatives

DAVAO CITY – Capping the year 2019, the province of Davao Oriental underscored the success of its various initiatives amidst challenges.Governor Nelson Dayanghirang vowed for more developments in 2020, saying his administration is bent on implementing various big-ticket projects.“If we… Read More

Mati City dive site documentation continues

DAVAO CITY — Documentation of possible diving sites in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental continues as divers from both the private and government sectors continue their search on their second week.The activity was conducted on Saturday, where the participants came from the City Mayor’s Office… Read More

Mati City exec wants dive sites in Pujada, Mayo bays explored

DAVAO CITY — After six years of banning dive explorations in Mati City, Davao Oriental, various private individuals, in partnership with the local government, have revived search of possible dive sites in Pujada and Mayo bays.In a statement sent on Sunday by the Mati City Information Office, it… Read More

Int’ biodiversity confab kicks off in Mati City

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental – The International Biodiversity Conference 2019 kicked off here as several international delegates arrived since Monday for the 3-day event slated Nov. 12-14.IBC 2019 will convene around the theme “Biodiversity for the People: From Ridge to Reefs”, at… Read More

Pujada Bay named ‘one of most beautiful bays’ in the world

DAVAO CITY — The Pujada Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental, has been included in the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” (MBBW).In a press statement on Sunday, the Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office (PIO) said the declaration was made by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World… Read More

Investors train eyes on Mati City’s tourism industry

DAVAO CITY – Mati City in Davao Oriental province is now experiencing an influx of investors mostly engaged in tourism-related businesses, an official said.Mati City Promotions and Investments chief Tanya Rabat-Tan said the investors are particularly interested in the commercial area within… Rea


Davao Oriental’s housing program will  benefit more than 700 homeless residents with the signing of a lease agreement between the residents, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and the owner of a 15.6-hectare property.  .

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HOUSING PROJECT. Chermaine Morante, mortgage examiner of Socialized Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) explains to the beneficiaries the terms and conditions contained in the lease agreement the parties signed on Thursday (Oct. 17, 2019). At least 746 beneficiaries, belonging to the Mandaya Muslim Bisaya Homeowners Association, signed the document at the Capitol covered court. (Photo courtesy of Davao Oriental PIO)

Provincial Information Officer Karen Lou Deloso said the 746 beneficiaries signed on October 17, the lease agreement with the SHFC funding the land acquisition under  its Community Mortgage Program (CMP) .

SHFC, the agency tasked with implementing the government’s socialized housing program for the homeless,  is headed by president Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, a lawyer and former member of the Davao City Council.


The lease agreement between SHFC and members of the Mandaya Muslim Bisaya Homeowners Association covers the 15.6-hectare land in Sitio Magay, Barangay Don Martin Marundan, Mati City, where the housing project will rise.

“Prior to the signing, officers from the SHFC explained to the beneficiaries the contents of the agreement,” Deloso said.

Under the agreement, each beneficiary shall pay the monthly rental of PHP369.42 per month, payable for 25 years.

Flordeliza Tabanao, Provincial Housing Coordinator, said that following the signing of the agreement, the SHFC will pay the landowner so that the site development and project construction can begin.


Tabanao said that the provincial government hopes to start the construction next year after meeting all requirements.

Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat said the project is “a welcome development to address the housing backlog in the city.” (PNA)

MATI CITY Mayor Rabat eyes food, parks and agri-tourism

Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat is eyeing to develop not just the beaches and resorts in the city but also parks, food, agriculture, and culture and arts. This was the revelation made by Mayor Michelle in Monday’s inaugural meeting of the revitalized Mati Tourism Council under her administration.

In her message to the new members of the Tourism Council, Mayor Michelle said that though Mati City is known for its picturesque Dahican Beach, other sectors of the tourism industry must also be developed.

Mayor Michelle cited forest parks development, the culture and arts, food tourism, and farm tourism as among the tourism sectors that needs improvement and support from the city government.

This early, tourism officials identified the Mayo Cacao farm, Goat Farm, Menzi plantation, and coconut plantations as possible farm tourism destination of the city.

In the open forum among tourism industry players, several concerns were raised ranging from standardizing resorts and hotels to peace and order to tricycle drivers’ aesthetics.

The hotel and resort owners’ association appealed for the creation of a tourism website for Mati City that will host all of the different tourism-related social media pages and websites in the city for a centralized flow of all information for the tourists in both local, national and international arena.

The City Information Office meanwhile informed the tourism industry stakeholders that they will soon be coming up with such a website and that they are now coordinating with the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the reactivation of the official website www.mati.gov.ph. The official government domain for Mati City was deactivated by the past administration who instead used a private website www.maticity.ph which has now expired.

The resort and hotel association also asked for the standardization of all resorts and hotels and the creation of an accrediting body that would oversee the hotel and resort industry in the city. It was learned that Mati City has only 520 rooms at the moment that could cater to only around 2,000 guests at a given time.

Iñakie Sievert of the recreation and outdoor sector said that before the Tourism Council revitalization under Mayor Michelle’s administration, the tourism players are on their own when it comes to tourism promotion.

With the revitalization of the Tourism Council, he said, they are hopeful that all of their concerns would soon be addressed by the City Government thru the Council.

Aside from the reopening of the Mati airport for commercial flights, among the tourism developments in Mati is the 9-hole golf course and the driving range located near the airport that would be completed by next year.

In attendance during the inaugural meeting were Mayor Michelle, Vice Mayor Glenda Rabat-Gayta, Tourism Council chair Stefan Mikhail Rabat, Councilor Eric Rabat, Tourism Officer Dahiel Indelible Jr., Shiela Edullantes, Councilor Samuel Rodriguez of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Felicito Masagnay, Charlemagne Bagasol of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Ben Jason Tesiorna of the City Information Office, Rowena Catbagan, Resurreccion Maypa-Boyles, Noel Alegonza, Angie David, Maria Chieng, Daruel Porlares, Iñaki Sievert, among others.

The Council vows to conduct more meeting anytime soon to address the various concerns of the tourism stakeholders and map out plan on how to improve the tourism industry in the City of Mati. (CIO MATI)


P200-M for Mati City airport rehab

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental –The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has allocated PHP200 million for the rehabilitation of this city’s airport.

This was announced Monday by Governor Nelson Dayanghirang during the 52nd founding anniversary program of the province where he also bared that the airport may be operational by 2020.





City Government of Mati will hold a city-wide earthquake drill on the morning of July 26, 2019 as part of the emergency preparedness program of the government.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), headed by Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat as chair, met on Friday, July 19, to discuss the preparations for the said drill. Called to attend the meeting were various stakeholders from the local government, the academe, various government and non-government agencies and the private sector.
in her administration’s 10-point agenda is emergency preparedness. Mayor Michelle said that the people of Mati must be ready for any calamity that might strike. She reminded the public that back in 1924, an 8.3 magnitude quake struck Mati that resulted to land displacement in Mati’s topography.
Just recently, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned of the possibility of “The Big One” to strike the Davao region should the Mati Fault move.
The 1924 quake did not cause much destruction back then as there were no tall and huge structures then. Phivolcs said that if the Big One strikes, several lives would be lost due to collapsed buildings and other structures plus the threat of a tsunami. Even if Mati would be the epicenter, Phivolcs said, they expect much more damage in Davao City as the land mass in Davao is softer compared to Mati City’s.
DRILL Mati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Charlemagne Bagasol said that their earthquake drill will start off with a siren at exactly 8:30 in the morning that will last for one minute. Bagasol said that for the first minute of siren, everyone must perform the duck, hold, and cover. After the siren, evacuation will start with all emergency teams activated and deployed to all affected areas. At 8:35 am, another siren will go off indicating an aftershock.
Bagasol said that everyone, including the rescue and medical teams, must again perform the duck, hold and cover wherever they may be. SCENARIO The CDRRMO said that the scenario during the drill is that a 30-second quake with a magnitude of 8.3 and an intensity 8 would hit Mati City that would result to a tsunami with a wave height of 8.96 meters directly affecting the Barangay Central of Mati.
As a consequence, the tremor damaged residential houses, school facilities, government infrastructures and many fear-stricken Mati residents panicked which resulted to chaos and mass casualty injuries. RELOCATION Aside from earthquake drills, the City of Mati is also working on relocating people who live in identified “danger zone” areas.
Mayor Michelle said that her administration will give a financial assistance of P30,000 to each of the affected households. Residents are also encouraged to have an emergency bag fully equipped with first aid kit like flashlight, batteries, radio, clothes, canned goods, water and other essentials. (CIO MATI)

Mati City takes a crack at tourism, invest pie

  Out-of-the-way Mati City in Davao Oriental is not to be left out of the investment and tourism fever shaking the Davao Region.
Mati City, its statehood as a city recently affirmed by the Supreme Court, wants to catch up with the economic bandwagon of investors pouring ventures elsewhere in the Davao Region.
Davao Oriental is in the eastern searboard of the region and the only province not crossed by the Davao-Agusan Highway, the major road network for trade and commerce that connects the Davao Region with neighboring regions in the north.
As a city, Mati City would now have a share from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). Mayor Michelle Rabat is agog over the P500 million in IRA share allocated by the Department of Budget (DBM) to the city next year.
Rabat is using the fund on insfrastructure projects that would spice up the city’s image as another investment area in the Davao Region—despite its location.
The city government of Mati has invited investors to invest in tourism potentials of the new city.
Rabat said her administration envisions to invigorate business and tourism investments in the city.
Rabat jumpstarted the effort recently with the holding of the tourism and investment forum dubbed as “Asenso at Negosyo sa Turismo.”
The forum was attended by investors from Davao City, regional tourism officials and regional business leaders.
“We are inviting Davao City stakeholders to come to Mati and explore business opportunities. This is just the beginning of a concerted effort to attract investors,” said city administrator Richard Villacorte. ROGER M. BALANZA