DoT mulls memorial as tourism sites


The Department of Tourism (DoT) will be pouring more of its resources in attracting tourists from different parts of the world by offering and transforming famous World War II sites in the Philippines.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat bared the plan during a breakfast news forum even as she expressed optimism that there will be a huge increase in tourist arrivals this year.

Puyat said aside from the early Spanish structures in the country such as the Fort Santiago, the World War II memorials will also attract Japanese and American tourists as their ancestors were the main protagonists in the said war.

The DoT is at the forefront in the restoration of war memorials, such as creating the Bataan and Corregidor markers, as well as the McArthur Leyte landing in Palo, Leyte.

Puyat said she already formed a committee that will spearhead the restoration of war sites and convert them into tourism areas.

Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengson Jr. said they will put video presentations showcasing the various memorial sites in the country to educate and generate the interest of the new generation of Filipinos.