PILAR, Bataan – The historical Mt. Samat Shrine, will be converted into a world-class tourist site. This development came after the Philippine Veterans Administration Office (PVAO) and the Provincial Government of Bataan reached an agreement regarding this matter.
This was learned from Governor Abet S. Garcia who said that they will also tap the support of the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) in what he calls “Re-inventing Mt. Samat,” to make the unique area a place like no other. The operation of Mt. Samat is under the supervision of Department of National Defense‘s PVAO.
Mt. Samat is one of Bataan’s pride due to its rich historic past being one of the battle sites between the Filipino-American forces and the invading Japanese forces during World War II where thousands were killed.
To symbolize the gallantry and heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers, the late President Marcos erected the famous 38-storey concrete cross, now serving as a major attraction to tourist and visitors in the province.
The action of Governor Garcia in “re-inventing” the historic Mt. Samat drew applause from the public, saying this is timely and a wise move by the provincial chief executive to further enrich the tourism potential of Bataan. Garcia is also eyeing to tap the support of construction magnate Jerry Acuzar, owner of the world-class Las Casas Filipinas Resort and Galeria Victoria, for the beautification and renovation of Mt. Samat.
For her part, Pilar Mayor Alice Dizon Pizarro, also said that the newly-created Mount Samat Shrine Tourism Enterprise Zone (MSSTEZ), is one of the six tourism sites identified and recognized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the country due to its rich history and unique site.
To further enrich its tourism potential, the lady Mayor put up a zip line and improved the Dunsulan Falls, while former Pilar Mayor Charlie Pizarro, now General Manager of Metro Bataan Development Authority, put up a firing range, as additional attractions to the site.