PILAR, Bataan – Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia is opting for a joint public and private partnership (PPP) venture for the strategic development of historic Mount Samat Shrine of Valor in the upland village of Diwa, this town.
Governor Garcia spoke on the huge budgetary allocation estimated at P 3 billlion for the repair, rehabilitation, improvement of existing structures and facilities of the country’s premier historical landmark.
There is a necessity for a cohesive and comprehensive approach of effective business ties with the private sectors in pursuing the treasured objective of building a world-class tourism spot, the Governor said.
About 170 hectares of land near the Shrine of Valor can be developed into commercial purposes which are reserved for the tourism enterprise zone where investors are entitled to fiscal and non-fiscal incentives while preserving the sanctity of the hallowed ground.
The provincial executive cited the cost, length of time and inconvenience it takes to reach Mount Samat, hence the trip must be made worthwhile by offering visitors a-one of kind nostalgic memorial walk through World War ll history, panoramic and breathtaking views to further enhance attractiveness with a unifying theme that is heroism, history and heritage.
He stressed that in adopting the public and private framework it would speed-up the implementation of the master plan for the improvement of the memorial cross, colonnade, museum, stage, open spaces, World War ll studies, hotels and resorts, revolving restaurant, retirement village, landscaped memorial/botanical garden, fruit orchard and other amenities for local and foreign visitors.
The development of more infrastructure facilities will pave the way for the opening of the eco-tourism enterprise zone which would generate positive multiplier effects on employment, manufacturing, retail and other productive services for the expected influx of foreign and local tourists to the province, Governor Garcia added.