DAVAO ORIENTAL , Feb. 21 (PIA) - The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association (MBBWA) has listed three bays in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental among the ranks of the world's prestigious bays.
In a letter sent yesterday addressed to Davao Oriental Provincial Governor and City of Mati Mayor Mitchell Rabat, MBBWA World President Michel Bujold congratulated the two local chief executives (LCEs) and informed them that MBBWA Board of Directors voted for inclusion, not just the Pujada Bay, but also Mayo Bay and Balete Bay--- all located in the City of Mati.
"I am pleased to inform you that the 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. Congratulations and welcome," Bujold said in a letter published in the website of the city government of Mati.
The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental sent a delegation to the 15th World Bays Congress held in Japan in October 2019 to apply for inclusion of Pujada Bay among the list of most beautiful bays in the world.
MBBWA sent its two top officers, MBBW Treasurer Guy Rousset and General Manager Bruno Bodard, to validate the application. During their site visit and area validation from January 8 to 12, 2020, they also had also seen the potential of Balete and Mayo bays.
Governor Nelson Dayanghirang echoed the pride of Davao Oriental people of Pujada Bay, citing it as "a jewel of the province".
"One of the reasons we applied Pujada Bay to the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club is to share its magnificent assets to the people of the world who would like to experience the natural and cultural richness of our place," he said.
Dayanghirang places priority on Pujada Bay "in terms of maintenance and enhancement of its natural beauty because this is a God-given gift that is meant to be shared and enjoyed" even by the future generation.
Meanwhile, City of Mati Mayor Rabat called on residents of Mati to take active role in keeping the three bays clean and to regard them "like our very own backyard".
In a statement published online, Rabat viewed the MBBWA recognition of three Mati bays as a "challenge" for people in Mati to "persevere in our efforts for the protection and preservation of our environment".
"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," she said.
She also expected the MBBWA listing of the three bays as a boost to tourism industry of the city. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)