DAVAO CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA) - The city government of Mati is set to prioritize the construction of facilities to protect and conserve the environment of the three bays which have recently been listed among the prestigious bays in the world.
Guesting at the Kapehan sa Dabaw, City Information Office Department Head, Ben Jason Tesiorna said that the masterplan that City of Mati Mayor Michelle N. Rabat has been working on, gives importance on construction of sewerage system and on setting up of a catchment basin.
Tesiorna explained that the sewerage system is intended to prevent water contamination while the catchment basin is designed to clean up the bays from plastics coming from nearby areas.
Rabat has called on residents of the City of Mati to take active role in protecting and conserving the bays of Pujada, Balete and Mayo, and to treat them as their own "backyards". She made the call in a published statement a day after the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Association (MBBWA) sent a letter acknowledging Pujada Bay and the bays of Balete and Mayo to the folds of the most beautiful bays in the world.
"The City of Mati is doing measures for the protection of the bays. Last month, Mayor Rabat said na meron siyang masterplan na ginagawa on how to protect the bay (she's working on a masterplan to protect the bays.)," she said.
Tesiorna expected the masterplan implementation to generate jobs especially the construction of the sewerage system.
He also expected the provincial government and the city government to forge a joint undertaking to shield the newly enrolled MBBWA Philippine bays from environmental degradation.
"The province has been very supportive of the city (of Mati)," Tesiorna said acknowledging the fact that the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental first endorsed Pujada Bay for inclusion to MBBWAs which discovered the potential of the bays of Mayo and Balete that altogether have eventually been included among its list of choice bays. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)