Bataan to develop more tourist spots
By Gilda V. Llames
Balanga, Bataan (13 November) -- More tourist spots in Bataan will be developed and upgraded in line with the province's bid to become a prime tourist destination in the country.
Vicky S. Garcia, chairperson of the Bataan Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. (BTCFI), said that already on the drawing board is the development of Limutan Falls in Bagac and the upgrading of Kanawan Hanging Bridge in Barangay Binaritan, Morong.
The Provincial Tourism Office (PTO), according to Garcia, had already coordinated with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) for funding of said projects, including the construction of a Tourism Information Center and Pasalubong Shop in Balanga City.
Horseback-riding amenities will be added attraction to the beautiful, safe and clean environment of Limutan Falls, Garcia said.
Once upgraded, the Kanawan Hanging Bridge will attract more tourists, especially foreigners because the breath-taking experience leads to an Aeta community, which will surely be of interest to tourists because of the indigenous people's unique culture and simple way-of-life.
The tourism information center and pasalubong shop will be located along the Roman superhighway in Barangay Tenejero, Balanga City. The area was chosen because of its accessibility to tourists going to and coming from historic Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat (the number 1 tourist spot in the province) and also to Bataan's beautiful and pristine beaches which are mostly located in the towns of Bagac, Morong and Mariveles.
In a related development, Ceasar V. Cuayson, chief of the PTO, stressed that the opening of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressway will greatly boost the influx of tourists to Bataan because travel time by land will be shortened further.
The soon-to-be-completed Port of Orion, reportedly the best in the country, is another plus factor in luring more tourists to Bataan because the province will be just an hour away from Manila via ferry boat.
Ferry boat service from Manila to Orion was resumed last November 6, after months of suspension due to upgrading of boats and the construction of the port.
Just recently, travel representatives from China, Korea and Asia-Pacific visited Bataan's tourist spots and before leaving, promised local officials that they would be bringing in more tourists to the province.
"Our goal is for our province to be at par if not surpass Bohol and other leading tourist destinations in the country in attracting visitors; and from where we stand, we could safely conclude that we are almost there" the energetic Vicky Garcia, who is also the first lady of Bataan, pointed out. (PIA-Bataan) [top]