Category: Davao Region

Diving sites in Mati City, Davao Oriental

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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 (CMO), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Red Cross, barangay officials of Tamisan, and Stefan Mikhail Rabat of the private sector.

It was conducted in the two dive sites in Barangay Tamisan, particularly in Waniban Island and Tagaliling- Tamisan MPA Managers and Fisherfolk’s Association (TAMPAFAS) Marine Protected Area.

The two dive sites are located at the Pujada Bay Protected Area Seascape and Landscape, which was recently named as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

The activity aims to locate areas having rich biodiversity particularly the Coral Reef Richness and Diversity, to help promote tourism in Mati City.

In November, Mati lifted the banning of dive explorations in the city, as they revived the search for possible dive sites in Pujada and Mayo bays.

A statement said that the dive exploration started more than six years ago but was discontinued by the administration that replaced Mayor Michelle Rabat in 2013 until 2019.

Now that she is back on the seat, Rabat decided to revive the dive site exploration with the hope of boosting tourism in the city of Mati.

Over the weekend, businessman and diving enthusiast Miko Rabat, brother of the mayor, invited fellow divers Bong Chavez and Curtis Cooper to explore Manggihay Beach in Pujada Bay.

In August, the Department of Tourism in Region 11 (DOT-11) held a series of dive validation activities in Mati City and the municipality of Tarragona, Davao Oriental which revealed more potential sites for diving operations. 

Source PNA

A must : visit The Philippine Eagle Center

Do you plan a stay in Davao ? Then you must visit The Philippine Eagle Center. 

The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is an 8.4-hectare area located at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City and situated within the Malagos Watershed. The Philippine Eagle Center primarily operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and other birds of prey.

The Center does not only have Philippine Eagles to show but there are a number of other birds, mammals and reptiles as well, most of which are endemic to the country and some are considered rare.

Also present in the area is a vast assemblage of flora typical of a tropical rain forest. There are numerous trees and plants that thrive within the area, and others are known to be endemic.

The Philippine Eagle Center is daily open between 8 am and 5 pm. 

You can donate to one of the campagnes.

Developing Heritage sites and eco-tourism Mati

Mati to develop heritage, ecotourism sites as airport opening looms

Heritage sites and eco-tourism spots will be developed and eventually opened  in preparation for the opening of the City of Mati Airport, Mayor Michelle Rabat said.

On top of fully developing the white-sand Dahican Beach, Rabat had seen  the potency of eco-tourism and heritage sites to entice people to visit  the City of Mati at the heart of the Pujada Bay in Davao Oriental.

“Kasi hindi naman lahat gusto ng swimming. Meron din gusto ng nature; may gusto ng history,” she said as she was looking at a variety of areas with which visitors can maximize their time while staying in Mati.

She had in mind the development of forest parks and tourism landmarks in every barangay of Mati.  She likewise wanted to catch visitors’ attention with some heritage trees in the city, to rehabilitate the “Dino Trail” and to develop springs among other possible tourist destinations.

Rabat also would  want to create visitors’ impression of the city’s cleanliness.  “Ano ba ang ihaharap ng ating bisita kung hindi  tayo malinis,” she rhetorically asked.

The opening of the City of Mati Airport to commercial flights has triggered Rabat to plan for intensified tourism development aside from ensuring that her administration delivers needed social services to her constituents, particularly farmers and fisherfolks.

She revealed to media practitioners that she recently conferred with Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and the owners of  the land adjacent to the airport regarding the matters surrounding the eventual opening of the airport.

The Department of Transportation has already allotted a  budget of P200 million for the runway extension and that Cebu Pacific had manifested its readiness to make its maiden commercial flight in the Mati-Cebu route,  Rabat said.

Rabat projected that once opened,  Mati will host a number of meetings, investment and conference events  that come along with the commercial  flights going to Mati ,

Source : Philippines Information Agency

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