Prior to the pandemic, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had already instructed the Department of Tourism (DOT) to prioritize Mt. Samat Development Projects as disclosed by DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat yesterday, January 28, during the Press Conference on the Reopening of Tourism in the Province of Bataan held at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.
Sec. Puyat assured Governor Albert S. Garcia, who attended the event via Zoom, that once funds are available, it is one of priority projects of DOT.
Massive development projects await Mt. Samat; aside from the 73-hectare shrine site, there will also be a locator site in a 144-hectare land in Pilar. Renovation for the underground museum, restoration of The Colonnade and the establishment of the Visitor’s Complex with three (3) buildings namely the Tourism Assistance Center (TAC), the Visitors Center, and the Multi-purpose Building highlight the developments in the shrine site.
Likewise, a hotel for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions), tourism, recreational parks, forest reserve zones, transportation hub and cable cars are also some of the planned projects in the locator site.
Bataan, known as the historical hub in Central Luzon, is where the Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor is located – a memorial cross dedicated to commemorate the heroes of the Second World War.