Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mati vies to host 2015 SUC games

CITY OF MATI, Davao Oriental, Nov. 5--- “We will bring Philippines to Mati.”

Dr. Edito B. Sumile, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) president said this as  he  saw the prospect for  the City of Mati to host next year’s State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Games, a national level inter-collegiate sports association in the Philippines.

He bared such possibility in a  press conference at DOSCST after hosting the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools, Inc. (MASTS) Games recently held in the city from Oct. 26 to  Oct. 31.

Sumile  attributed the competitive edge of the City of Mati over other possible venues to host  the SCUAA Games, on the sports facilities available in the city and the support of the city government.

 “Plus being the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) XI Regional President, I can help bring  the Philippines to Mati by holding the SCUAA Games in the next year,” he said.

Dr. Sumile also noted the city’s scaled up standards of providing accommodation, showing hospitality and also in sports facilities to which he attributed the satisfaction of MASTS Games athletes and SUC council presidents.

Meanwhile, City of Mati Mayor Carlo Rabat  expressed intentions of preparing the city to become a sports-tourism destination in the Davao Region especially now it is gearing to hold the Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet in February 2015.

Rabat requested Dr. Sumile to bid for Mati to once more host the 2015 MASTS Games which this year boosted tourist arrivals, consequently promoting investments and generating about 50 percent increase of the city’s income.

Market Vendors Association President Rey Trinidad, MCM Transport Operators and Drivers Association President Bilal Taduman and Seaside Restaurant Owner Gina Abayon noted these economic benefits during the recent hosting of the 2014 MASTS Games.

During the recently concluded MASTS Games,  about 6,000 visitors flocked to Mati. If SCUAA would push through next year,  the city  is expected to draw about 15,000 visitors. (Yon P. Maybuena, City of Mati  information officer/jmda)

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