CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – Bataan Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia is looking forward to a dialogue with the Department of Education (DepEd) officials to give priority to the rich cultural heritage and heroic exploits of Filipino-American soldiers in their educational tour program.
He explained that the DepEd officials should encourage the students to learn more about the historically-rich Bataan peninsula which is known world-wide as the Last Bastion of Democracy when the Filipino-American soldiers gallantly fought against the much superior Japanese imperial army during World War II.
The creation of the Mount Samat Shrine Tourism Enterprise Zone (MSSTEZ) symbolizes the perpetual recognition to the heroism and patriotic passion of Fil-Am soldiers in defending the sacred Peninsula from foreign invaders, Garcia said.
The forthcoming execution of a master development plan for Mount Samat is a positive marketing strategy to make it the country’s global historical site for our growing tourism industry, Garcia added.
The improvement of facilities at the Mount Samat National Shrine would create more jobs to the residents, expand business enterprises such as souvenir shops, hotels, restaurants and other services which will definitely bring new vibrant dimension of a progressive local economy.
The Mount Samat National Shrine, built sometime in 1967, remains as the top tourist attraction in the Province and in Central Luzon. Unfortunately, the lack of first class service facilities like hotels, eateries, shops and other important amenities discourage foreign and local tourists from staying after attending the annual Araw ng Kagitingan celebration.