A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
"THE ROCK" IS ALL SET TO ROCK THE WORLD'S ATTENTION
Welcome to an island that was fiercely rocked during World War II. Known as “The Rock” by veterans of war, Corregidor literally stands on a rock that bears witness to the remnants of history which will forever inspire humanity to pursue peaceful coexistence, specifically among people and nations.
The Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) is happy to offer this website as a medium to communicate our activities, aspirations, advocacies, directions, and developments. As a non-chartered government corporation, CFI is in the process of transforming itself into a government-compliant agency, anchoring its values on good governance and transparency.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte has directed this agency to save Corregidor from a slumber of over two decades and to restore its strength as a memorial shrine and a world-class tourism destination in order to arrest the consistent decline in the number of visitors to the island over the past 15 years.
Together with the Board of Trustees comprised of the Secretary of the Department of Tourism, the Secretary of the Department of National Defense and PVAO, the Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Authority, and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines—CFI is now all set to bring The Rock to the next level.
Let this message be a mere prelude to even more accounts of fondness, awe, and wonder from everyone, because, after all, each tale is worth telling.
On July 10, 1986, the then Ministry of Tourism (now Department of Tourism, or DOT), together with the Philippine Tourism Authority (now Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Authority, or TIEZA) as assignees, entered into a memorandum of agreement with the then Ministry of National Defense (now the Department of National Defense), as assignor, to develop the historic Island of Corregidor, as well as the other surrounding islands, into a major tourist attraction of the Philippines.
Under the agreement, the assignor, with the prior approval of the President, leases to the assignee, for one peso (P1.00) a year for a period of 50 years, the entire area of Corregidor Island, including the surrounding islands as well as all waters and detached rocks surrounding them. The assignee shall be responsible not only for the maintenance and preservation of war relics on the islands but also for the full development of its potential as an international and local tourist destination, without, however, destroying its integrity as a war memorial and national shrine.
To pursue PTA’s obligations and objectives for Corregidor Island, Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) was initiated for creation by the PTA Board of Directors on February 16, 1987. On October 28, 1987, CFI was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock, non-profit corporation with an initial capitalization of P1,000.00. Grants came from Duty Free Philippines and donations from private individuals and counterpart foundations and organizations to rehabilitate Corregidor’s infrastructure and war memorials under the five-year Corregidor Tourism Masterplan (1987-1992). From then on, CFI has undertaken the regular maintenance of all of Corregidor’s facilities, memorial sites, and World War II relics, as well as its security requirements, with the vision to be self-sustainable without necessitating government subsidy in the future.
CFI’S mission is to maintain and preserve war relics on Corregidor Island and manage the development of its potential as an international and local tourist destination.
CFI’s vision is to be self-sustainable in the development of Corregidor by actively attracting more investments and soliciting donations that will provide support for the perpetual maintenance and preservation of its historical relics and facility infrastructures.
Integrity. Self-esteem. Leadership. Accountability. Love for nature. Diligence.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
CYNTHIA L. CARRION
Chairman & CEO
DOT Secretary Bernadette R. Puyat
Katherine Chloe S. De Castro
Gary P. Sta Ana
Lt. Col. Albert G. Baybayan (Ret)
Lt. Gen. Paul T. Atal (Ret)