Hello! The Mati Domestic Airport, officially known as Imelda Romualdez Marcos Domestic Airport has 1.625-kilometer asphalt runway. It finished its renovation perhaps last year, with the completion of Airport Road' construction, which is about a kilometer long from the Davao-Surigao National Highway to the airport's gate.
I've heard that it is going to reopen first quarter this year, and that Cebu Pacific (CEB) would offer Mati-Cebu/Mati-Manila flights. However, it is yet to be confirmed as CEB would still have to wait for the delivery of their newly acquired aircrafts expected to arrive early this year. All these information are shared in a Skyscraper thread by someone (sorry I couldn't remember his name) who claims to have taken these news from his relative who happens to work as an operations supervisor of Cebu Pacific in Cagayan de Oro City.
As to how well the roads are if we want to get there, the government has completely finished the construction of concrete roads from Davao City through Davao del Norte and to Mati City. In fact, the East Coast of Davao Oriental has also excellent roads; so for travelers who would like to go to Surigao, they may opt to pass through the East Coast that offers a majestic view of mountains and the Pacific seas.
About the security, I haven't heard of kidnappings in this area. Terrorism is more relevant in the western part of Mindanao, but not in the east. Davao region is entirely a safe place to travel and have leisure in.
Good news! Metro Magazine January 2013 issue features Dahican Beach, a 2-kilometer cove in Mati City, with pure white sand beach fronting the Pacific Ocean. Besides, well-known celebrities and models took photo shoots in this picturesque place. In it are Enchong Dee, Megan Young, Jessy Mendiola, Joseph Marco, Cristalle Belo, Miko Raval and others.
Kindly check http://www.metromagazine.ph/. You may also want to have your won copy of it!
Mati City is now starting to boom its tourism industry. National and international skimboarding and surfing competitions are now held in Dahican. It was featured in Born to be Wild, and other TV programs. Magazines like Mabuhay and Metro are also taking advantage of its beautiful spots. All these are a good sign that Mati is back.
Once it was known to equally compete with Davao City as both were comandancias of Davao Region then Nueva Gipuscoa, and were economically progressive. There were Mati-Cebu trips via ferries, and the people from Surigao and Agusan came to search for jobs. Menzi Farms was popular as it would export its high quality pomelos and mangoes domestically and internationally. Then suddenly it became dead, along with Bislig, as other towns took the advantages of being close to Davao City and started to open for new ventures. Eventually, they progressed and became cities, while the farther towns were left behind.
But now, Mati is back! And I am very hopeful that it wouldn't take so long to bring back its glory. Matinians have already identified what their key advantages are to economically prosper-the agriculture and tourism. I just wish no politicians would make use of it for personal interests and rather work hand in hand to gradually develop the city and bring in job opportunities for its people.
Best wishes to Mati. Mabuhay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!