MARIVELES, Bataan – Mayor Ace Jello Concepcion of this industrial town has disclosed the plan of the Municipal Tourism Council to construct a two-storey World War ll memorial museum worth P 12 million in the vicinity of Death March zero kilometer marker, just a stone’s throw away from the municipal hall.
The proposed museum which is also a few nautical miles away from the island fortress of Corregidor, is purposely a significant segment of the industrial town’s program to modify its comprehensive tourism development plan giving more emphasis on infrastructure, wholesome environmental protection and promotion of scenic spots and landmarks with historical importance for attaining its objective to become a premier tourist destination.
Mayor Concepcion explained the municipal tourism council unveiled the potential of Mariveles Five Fingers, underdeveloped coves facing the radiant and panoramic spectacle of the West Philippine Sea which are best for island hopping, snorkeling, cliff diving, rock climbing and numerous fascinating sea adventures for visitors.
He advised the local tourism council to undertake inclusive research works on historical sites in the municipality like the Spanish immigration and custom facility situated inside the National Mental Hospital (Mariveles) compound in Barangay Poblacion, a-kilometer long cave used as hospital of Bataan defenders near the zigzag road, and other battle sites which are essential in promoting the travel and tourism industry.
The remarkable 56 percent economic growth rate of Mariveles town from 2013 to 2016 as per Department of Finance latest evaluation would further grow with the improvement and rehabilitation of historical landmarks and other amenities for local and foreign tourists, Mayor Concepcion said.
With its present population of 133,000, Mayor Concepcion added that a number of micro and medium entrepreneurs from neighboring towns and residents are starting to organize cooperative stores, groceries, restaurants, souvenir shops and other service-oriented businesses particularly with the expected influx of factory workers and their families.