Foreign validators from the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organization (MBBWO) described the bays in Mati City namely Pujada Bay, Mayo Bay, and Balite Bay as remarkably clean.
Most Beautiful Bays in the World Founder and Manager Bruno Bodard and Treasurer Guy Ettiene Rousset arrived in the City of Mati on Wednesday, January 8, for the validation of Pujada Bay’s inclusion in the prestigious list.
Yet, the two foreign validators were surprised not only by the beauty of Pujada Bay but of the Mayo and Balite bays as well
“We were very surprised by the beauty and quality of Pujada and Mayo bays that we visited,” Rousset told media in a press conference held at Menzi Beachpark at Mati City, Davao Oriental, Saturday.
The inclusion of Pujada Bay in the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club was initiated by the Provincial Government under Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang.
The application unanimously got the nod of the members of the MBBW Club during the 15th World Bays Congress in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, held last October 2019. In 1994, the Pujada Bay Landscape and Seascape was declared as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) through Presidential Proclamation No. 431.
Bodard said among the criteria to be included in the Most Beautiful Bays are the involvement of the people in protecting bay, local protection program and efforts on environmental protection, and nationally recognized as a nice bay.
“The Pujada Bay has complied with the requirements. But I don’t want to say just Pujada Bay because Mayo and Balite bays are also beautiful. I will call them Mati’s Bays. We will validate these Mati’s bays. Your bays are very nice. You must be proud of your bays, ” Rousset said.
He added that the main benefit from being recognized is it will help the city in lobbying to international level, avoidance of toxic products, and weapon to protect and to be recognized
Bodard also requested the city to conduct special events to inform the public that Pujada bay is among in the prestigious list. Every June, the city is holding the Pujada Bay Festival. This will help erase the negative connotation in Mindanao.
Rousset said they will validate the quality of the three bays of Mati City.
“We are validating the quality of the water, even the mountain and the forest is very important. It is part of our validation,” he said.
He said they will make the report in three or four weeks then pass it to the board members. He said in a maximum of two months they will get the answer. The board is composed of the president, general secretary, treasurer, past- presidents for continents Africa, North and South America, and Asia.
“They will decide,” he said.
He said the announcement will be made through a letter from the president of the organization sent to Mayor Michelle Nakpil-Rabat who will be invited to a Congress that will take place in Morrocco in October wherein tje board will officially give the diploma.
Rabat said the validation will help boost the tourism industry of the province.