The grants scheme program, established by the
Chosen from the country's main tourism destinations, the awardees are based in Bohol, Cebu, Davao, and Palawan, which serve as the program's pilot areas. Under the program, which will run for 38 months, various accommodation enterprises submitted proposals to help fund their skills training programs. These include food and beverage preparation and service, front office, personality development, housekeeping, and leisure and entertainment activities.
"We welcome this technical assistance as it complements our National Tourism Development Plan, which targets to increase tourism revenue, employment, and arrivals to aid in job creation and poverty reduction. Our collaboration with the
The Improving Competitiveness in Tourism project aims to deliver three outputs, namely:, assisting local governments to reduce red tape affecting businesses operating in the tourism sector; support to industry to raise standards through DOT's new hotel and resorts quality assurance and accreditation framework; and tourism industry skills development program.
"In recent years, the Philippine tourism industry has undoubtedly grown to become a major source of quality jobs in the country,"
Underscoring the Filipinos' innate hospitality and the country's availability of exquisite tourist spots, Mr. Birdsaid that
The 26 tourism industry players awarded form the first batch of grantees under the Improving Competitiveness in Tourism grant scheme. DOT said the program will be rolled out nationally should it become successful in the pilot areas.
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