In opening the 10th year founding anniversary of Mati, City Mayor Carlo Luis Rabat marked the crucial role of solid waste management to sustain the city’s growth without degrading the environment.
In addressing the program of the Araw ng Mati opening done on June 15 at the Baywalk of Mati, Rabat highlighted the launching of the Solid Waste Integrated Management (SWIM) being run under the Conserve, Protect and Respect (CPR) Advocacy Program of the City Environment and Natural Resource Office.
As he led the SWIM launch, he unveiled the SWIM signage together with City Vice Mayor Glenda Rabat-Gayta and other city and provincial officials of Davao Oriental. A press conference was earlier held to formally announce the program.
In his message, he emphasized the need to arrest the “prevalence of coastal degradation” of the ecological environs in the bays of Pujada and Mayo which serve as a major source of livelihood of the 141,141 people in the City of Mati.
Rabat noted that this coastal pollution was caused by “irresponsible solid waste disposal practices and illegal structures within and along the coastal areas of these bays” which are home to friendly-sea cow or Dugong, dolphin, sea turtles and whale-sharks.
He pointed out the need for all branches of the local government to give full support to SWIM Program aimed at developing a “mind-set and spirit of convergence” of those living in coastal communities for them to “protect from destruction our seas, beaches and rich marine life”.
“Let us all be SWIM-partners,” he called on everyone as he opened the week-long 10th founding anniversary celebration of the city of Mati.
Rabat drumbeat public support for SWIM as he took note of the influx of people visiting the City of Mati to explore its eco-tourism destinations particularly the white-sand beaches of Dahican, the Sleeping Dinosaur contour of the mountains of Waniban and Pujada islands, the Davao Oriental Subangan Provincial Museum, among others.
“And together with our usual and continuing programs from infra to services, we look forward to a more progressive yet eco-friendly and beautiful Mati in the years to come,” he said.
Meanwhile, other highlights of the 10th ARaw ng Mati includes the Agri-Tourism Trade Fair opening (June 15), Mutya ng Mati Talent Night (June 15), Fantasea of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community (June 16), Pujada Bay Fest Banca Race (June 17) Mutya ng Mati Coronation Night (June 18) and Thanksgiving Mass (June 18).
During the Araw ng Mati on June 19 that falls on the 156th birthday of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, Rabat will led the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of Dr. Rizal. The event will be graced by Senator Sonny Angara and Provincial Governor Nelso Dayanghirang who will also be gracing the Araw ng Mati Closing and Awarding rites at the Pelaez Activity Center.