Mati City multiplies business opportunities via confab – Manila Bulletin

MATI CITY – The city government recently held a business conference to boost investment here.

INDIGENOUS dancers perform at the Indak Sayaw street dance competition during the 22nd Samboukan Festival in Mati City. (Ivy Tejano)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Mati City Government, organized the first Make it Mati Investment Conference.

Under the theme “Investment Opportunities in a Changing Business Landscape”, Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat said the conference aims to increase investment in Mati and throughout Davao Oriental Province in agricultural products such as walnuts. coconut, cocoa, bamboo and coffee, marine products. , and also in tourism after the pandemic.

DTI-Davao Oriental director Art Hermoso said agribusiness was also on the list, especially since it is most visible in Mati City as the area is mainly agricultural. Some are involved in the fishing industry, especially now that the city is building its fishing port.

About 240 investors attended the event and most of them expressed interest in investing in poultry farming and the tourism industry.

The city estimates to generate 500 million pesos in investment from local, national and international confab investors.

“Indeed, we are optimistic that this event will eventually open up new investment opportunities for local and foreign investors,” Hermoso said, adding “now is the time to invest in Mati.”

The city also introduced the Mati app to investors, in addition to business presentations, to generate more interest.

The iBPS and the EPCS were also presented to them to show that the LGU is mobilizing to make the city a smart city.

“We have great potential here for agriculture because, as I said, Davao Oriental is very rich in mineral resources. We explore our agriculture and its natural resources, which we want to preserve and conserve,” said Rabat.

Rabat assured investors that Mati City has the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in the entire Davao region and that the city is open to all investors interested in investing.

Meanwhile, this city celebrated the 22nd Sambuokan and the 2nd Abunda Festival after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

This city held various activities during the month of the Sambuokan and Anunda festival, including the Adlaw sa mga IP Mandaya (IP Mandaya Day), Kabaw sa Kadalanan (Carabao Parade) and the highly anticipated Indak Sayaw sa Samboukan where thousands of spectators took part attended the dance competition.

The winners of the Indak Sayaw were:


The Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, which won a trophy, a cash prize of P100,000, Best in Choreography, Best in Choreographer and Best in Costume


Matiao National High School

Trophy and cash prize of P75,000

The best of musicality


Mati National Polyvalent High School

Trophy and cash prize of P60,000


Mati City National High School

Cash prize of P50,000


Academy of Physicians Mati

Cash prize of P50,000



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