Mati became famous as the site of the first millenium sunrise in the Philippines.
Located on the southeastern coast of Mindanao Island, Mati is bounded on the north by the towns of
Lupon and Tarragona, on the southeast by Mayo and Pujada Bays of the Philippine Sea, and on the west by the towns of
San Isidro and Governor Generoso. Mati is around 165.6 kilometers east of Davao City. It
is accessible by land through an Eastern MIndanao Coastal Road and a secondary road connecting Mati to Nabunturan,
the capital of Compostela Valley. The city has a seaport so it is accessible by boat.
The topography is characterized by hills and rugged mountains with scattered narrow coastal plain and river valleys
Mati is composed of 26 barangays spread in a total land area of 791 square kilometers. Most of the city's barangays
are rural areas where farming and fishing are the main source of income. Rice, corn, and coconut are the main farm product.
Other farm products are banana, mango, pummelo, cacao, rubber, and abaca. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and
Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) has opened an office here to assist in the dissemination of technology
information to farmers, traders, and entrepreneurs.
Cebuano, Mandaya, Boholano, and Kalagan are the main dialects spoken in the city. English and Tagalog however,
are widely used in schools, business and government offices.
Mati has the potential to become an agro-industrial center. Having a typhoon-free climate, the town can be an ideal location
for the production of high value commercial crops including cut-flower and herbal and ornamental plants. Factories for the production of
processed foods, feeds, fertilizer, furniture, fashion items, and other comsumer products can be viable enterprises in this town. Investors
can also jumpstart the development of the tourism potential of the city by investing in world-class tourist facilities.
Must-See Places of Interest in Mati
- Dahican Beach
- Menzi Citrus Plantation
- Pujada Island
- Waniban Island
Public Market (Credit to mynewgulch.blogspot.com)
Dahican Beach (Credit to Ibex Images)
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