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