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
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
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.
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
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