Samat shrine to become tourist zone

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan: Governor Albert Garcia said that ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ (Day of Valor) is all about remembering the heroism of World War II veterans and to assure them that what they did for the country will not be forgotten.

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He said the Day of Valor observed today, April 9, is no longer about guns and cannons that need to be fired nor about blood that needs to be shed.

Bataan fell to the superior Japanese Imperial Army on April 9, 1942.

“It is about the courage and fortitude which moved our veterans to bear arms at the time it was needed. Our mission is to inculcate in our youth the same amount of courage and fortitude to carry on and face whatever challenges that will confront our nation and our people in the future,” Garcia said.

The governor said that at the same time that the country is remembering the heroism of the veterans, progress in the province is also assured.

He also announced that Mt. Samat Shrine has been chosen one of the five areas in the country to be turned into a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) under the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Garcia said that by year 2020, Mt. Samat Shrine and its immediate environs will be the premiere Philippine tourism site for heroism and valor and one that will be in harmony with nature.

“With world-class facilities and amenities, it aims to bring out the best in every one who visits the place. We are dedicating the transformation of Mt. Samat to our veterans who serve as inspiration to the youth whom we hope will likewise turn to be courageous, vigilant and nationalistic,” he said.

Garcia said benefits embodied in Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009 will be of direct advantage to the historic mountain.

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