BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Governor Albert Garcia proposed to execute a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the local officials of the different municipalities and other concerned agencies like DPWH, DENR, DepEd and others to seriously look into preserving and protecting the different historical markers in the province especially the “Death March” markers.
Gov. Abet floated said idea when Mr. Robert Hudson, President of the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME) made mention during the press conference of the “Bataan Freedom Run,” that their organization is planning to restore the 103 death march markers from Mariveles/Bagac going to Pampanga up to Capaz, Tarlac, and a member of the Provincial Information Office (PIO), raised a question if there is a law that protects these markers.
Mr. Hudson likewise said that, they were saddened when they saw the markers moved in unseen corners, damaged, lost and some were even cemented by DPWH, with the on-going constructions like road widening, waiting sheds and other infrastructure, unmindful of the value and legacy of said markers.
Moreover, Mr. Hudson said that those markers were donated by families of those soldiers who died in the infamous death march, in fact their “dedication” can be read at the back of the markers. They too, he believes, will be disgusted if they learn that the markers were damaged and unattended.
At this point, Governor Garcia saw the need for our local officials and concerned agencies to be involved in the protection and preservation of these markers.
We should also create awareness, said Governor Garcia, among the new generation to commemorate the valor and sufferings of our soldiers and veterans who set good examples as our war heroes, that millennials today can also be present-day heroes in their own ways by doing what is best for themselves, for their families and for their province and country as well.