100K to train as tourism workers
The Department of Tourism will train 100,000 local tourism workers to strengthen the Filipino brand of service excellence.
During the “From Plan to Action: Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 Forum,” Tourism Sec. Maria Esperanza Christina Garcia Frasco said the DOT, this year, will embark on “a very ambitious goal of training no less than 100,000 Filipino tourism workers across 16 regions.”
“The idea is we train our tourism workers that they would be the beacons of hospitality for our 100 million Filipinos, ready to receive tourists from all over the world,” she said.
The Philippines continues to be a leading tourist destination in the world. Records from the DOT showed that from February to December 2022, a total of 2,653,858 foreign tourists and overseas Filipinos arrived in the Philippines despite being one of the last countries to reopen its borders to international tourism. Tourism has contributed 5.7 million in terms of employment.
To herald the best of the Filipino brand to the world, the DOT recognizes the necessity for product and human capital development as well as providing social protection to tourism workers.
“The idea that harnessing upon the strength of the Filipino people in terms of hospitality, that the Philippines would become the center for hospitality excellence in Asia and the world and with this, the effort is to coordinate with our regional offices in terms of further coordinating with their LGUs, especially in terms of identifying the sectors in need of improvement and further enhancement as far tourism services are concerned,” Frasco said.
During the forum, Frasco said the DOT is committed to achieve the policies, programs and strategies laid down in the Philippine Development Plan of the Marcos administration. – PIA