DOT Trainings Prepare Workers and Stakeholders for the “New Normal”

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is committed to improving the skills of tourism workers and other stakeholders as it prepares the industry for a post-pandemic world.

In a statement, the agency said it trained 30,680 tourism professionals in 2021, surpassing its target of 16,000 for the year. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said, “Through these training programs, DOT is building the capacity of our tourism workforce, maintaining service quality, and ensuring their skills can match the requirements. of the new normal.”

The DOT added that of the trained tourism professionals, 58% were women and the rest were men. The agency aimed to train women to 45 percent of tourism professionals last year.

The agency added that 677 training sessions were conducted last year, more than the 588 in 2020. These included trainings for the agency’s advocacy programs on women’s rights and child safety. children, ensuring the safety and security of tourists by tourism cops, labor and health for tourism workers and frontliners, community tourism activities and for meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) .

In its assessment of DOT’s financial performance in 2020, however, the Audit Commission urged the agency to “formulate more realistic physical goals” that were commensurate with its absorptive capacity, as the audit showed a ” outperformance” in some operational goals, but were actually due to DOT setting lower goals than its 2019 accomplishments.

COA specifically cited training 7,101 local government units in 2020, which exceeded the agency’s target for the year of 3,878. “But by CY2019, the Department had already achieved a total of 8,556 LGUs trained… [thus] the Ministry’s reported achievements for CY2020… are significantly lower than those for CY2019.

Expensive underground wiring, but…

The DOT press release was released, following Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo’s pledge for her administration to invest in skills development and business development training for actors in the tourism. “This includes the development of new products, new services and new business models, as well as learning programs for the private and public sectors for sustainable tourism governance.” (See “Robredo unveils recovery plan for tourism recovery”, in BusinessMirror, January 10, 2022.)

Robredo said she also wanted to prioritize “green and safe travel,” such as promoting activities such as cycle tourism, ensuring healthcare facilities in tourist areas are tidy, improving contact tracing capabilities to increase consumer confidence, waste management facilities and internet connectivity. “We will ensure that these requirements to contribute to a greener tourism framework are met.”

In the question and answer forum after his presentation, Robredo again mentioned the possible “underground wiring” of power lines: “While it is true that it is expensive, perhaps in the long term it could be turn out to be cheaper than what we spend during typhoons, she pointed out on her second visit to Bohol, a major tourist destination, nearly 10 days after being hit by Typhoon Odette, her capital of Tagbilaran still had no been energized.

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