News and Updates

23 March 2021

MS. MA. CHRISTINA AQUINO
President
Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI)
Planning and Development Office
Lyceum of the Philippines University
Intramuros, Manila, PH


Dear Ms. Aquino:

In accordance with the National Employment Recovery Strategy 2021-2022, the Department of Tourism, as member of the NERS Task Force, will be conducting the Tourism Sectoral Consultation in preparation for the conduct of the National Job Summit 2021 in accordance with the NERS 8-point agenda.

The Tourism Sectoral Consultation aims to gather sectoral perspectives on how industries are dealing with the pandemic, what their preparations are as the government re-opens the economy, and what the government can do to support them. Also, the sectoral consultation endeavors to gather commitments from industries to create employment opportunities to help the economic recovery efforts of the Government.

To ensure a whole-of-society approach, the DOT will be inviting representatives from the DOT regional offices, national tourism associations, regional tourism associations and tourism stakeholders from the following sectors: accommodation, travel and tours, tourist transport, MICE, and other tourism related establishments. The results of the Sectoral Consultation will then be presented during the Pre-Summit for Employers on 16 April 2021 and on the National Job Summit at the Malacañang Palace on 01 May 2021.

In view of the foregoing, we would like to invite you, the Board Members and/or Officers to attend the upcoming TOURISM SECTORAL CONSULTATION scheduled on 8 April 2021.

Please register using this link.

Should you have any clarification, you may coordinate with Ms. Drew Bautista from the office of undersigned at email oastrcrg.rcb@gmail.com.

Thank you.


Very truly yours,

[signed]
MARIA RICA C. BUENO

Assistant Secretary
Human Capital and Industry Manpower Development


Cc: Undersecretary Roberto P. Alabado III, TRCRG

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March 25, 2021

MS. MA. CHRISTINA  AQUINO
Chairman
TOURISM INDUSTRY BOARD FOUNDATION, INC. (TIBFI)


Dear Ms. Aquino,

Our warmest greetings! We are happy to inform you that UP AIT is now accepting applications for the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management, which leads to a Master of Science degree. This will be for the 1st Semester intake, scheduled to start in September 2021. Attached is our program poster which contains information on the requirements and application instructions. Further details are also posted in our website: www.ait.upd.edu.ph.

As an esteemed partner of AIT, we hope you can help us in spreading the word among the members and partners of TIBFI. Should there be queries, please feel free to contact us through this email or get in touch with: Prof. Carmela Ibanez, Graduate Program Coordinator at aitgradprog.upd@up.edu.ph.

Thank you very much and we look forward to your favorable action.

Best regards,


Asst. Prof. Victoria Villegas-Bacay
Chief Information Officer
Asian Institute of Tourism

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March 18, 2021

MS. MA. CHRISTINA AQUINO
Chairman
TOURISM INDUSTRY BOARD FOUNDATION, INC. (TIBFI)
University of the Philippines – Asian Institute of Tourism
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City


Dear Ms. Aquino:

We would like to thank TIBFI for its active involvement and invaluable inputs in the development of the Tour Guides Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for the Professional Tour Guides Qualification Examination which were approved by Secretary Bernadette Romulo - Puyat last 12 March 2021.

In view of the approval of these guidelines, the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation Standards Development Division is pleased to furnish TIBFI the following:


Kindly share these guidelines to the members of your association for their information and reference.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,


[signed]
VIRGILIO M. MAGUIGAD, EnP

Director     
Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation

Enc: a/s
cc: Asst. Secretary Christopher V. Morales

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DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (Postponed)

CHANGE OF DATE, BUT NOT OF PLANS

Mabuhay!

The much awaited finale of the Department of Tourism – National Capital Region's groundbreaking online learning event “Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience” has been postponed to a later date with the same time slot of 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Aimed to retool, reskill and reboot tourism stakeholders and workforce in the new norm, this is open to the public and free-of-charge, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players and frontliners.

Rest assured, we will update you soon on the new date for the third iteration of the Leadership Excellence Series 2021.

If you have not signed up yet, you can still register through this link: dotncrles2021.wixsite.com/register. Previously registered participants need not sign up again.

Thank you,

Department of Tourism-National Capital Region

 

Do you want to join the ASEAN Plus Three on Tourism Training and Education Network (APPTEN)? This is an opportunity to network and collaborate for Philippine TVIs and HEIs learning institutions with others in ASEAN Plus Three (APT).

Register using the following link:

https://forms.gle/B4eBYSSJhdAyktdz7


Deadline is on March 30, 2021

Letter from the Office of Industry Manpower Development, Department of Tourism:

March 15, 2021

MS. MA. CHRISTINA G. AQUINO
Chairperson
Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.
c/o UP Asian Institute of Tourism
Quezon City


Dear Ms. Aquino:

Mabuhay!

This refers to the Initiative In the ASEAN Plus Three to "Continue to Establish APPTEN and to Conduct Workshops/Dialogues for Exchange In Tourism Training Education."

The ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Training and Education Network (APPTEN) will serve as reference to establish a network to support the development of quality human resource in the ASEAN Plus Three.

In this regard, may we seek the TIBFl's assistance in accomplishing the attached APPTEN Directory template? We are confident that with the TIBFl's network of tourism education and training institutions. the Philippines will be able to contribute in the establishment and activation of the APPTEN.

We would appreciate receiving the accomplished template on or before March 30. 2021.

For clarification or other details, please contact Arlene A. Alipio of the Manpower Planning and Monitoring Division at arlene.alipio@gmail.oom.

Thank you for always supporting the DOT's programs on tourism human capital development.


Very truly yours,


[signed]
ROWENA LU Y. MONTECILLO

Director
Office of Industry Manpower Development

Note: See attached as stated here.

DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (03/17/2021)

Mabuhay!

You are cordially e-invited to the Department of Tourism – National Capital Region's (DOT-NCR) Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience in its finale presentation this March 17, Wednesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Featuring BIG IDEAS. INTELLIGENT DISCOURSE. INSPIRING TALKS, the LES 2021 is aimed at equipping and educating tourism stakeholders in the new norm. This is an open to the public, free-of-charge event, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players and frontliners.

Simulcast LIVE via Zoom and across DOT-NCR’s digital channels @TourismMNL of Facebook and Twitter, the LES 2021 vows to raise the bar for online learning as it integrates live and full production of the world-renowned TED Talk format.

Click here to sign up!

 

 

STRWe are excited to announce a special program focused on Big Data and Analytics specifically for the Philippines. We would like to invite all instructors from hospitality and tourism programs to participate in three upcoming events.

The first event will be a free certification train-the-trainer workshop to prepare instructors to offer the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) or Hotel Industry Foundations and Introduction to Analytics (HIFIA) certification training to the students at their schools. The first session is April 7th, so you’ll want to register very soon.

The second event will be a free train-the-trainer workshop on How to Conduct a Market Study. This workshop will provide instruction on how to teach your students to do market analysis and prepare a polished presentation. This workshop will be conducted in May.

The third event, taking place later in the year, will be a Student Market Study Competition hosted by LPU. The competition will begin in August and will conclude with student teams presenting their market study online to a panel of industry professionals in November.

Please see the attached announcement for additional details, dates and registration information. We would like to thank LPU, COHREP, AAHRMEI and TIBFI for their generous support and assistance in so many ways.

We look forward to your involvement and wish you all the best.

Duane Vinson
Vice President STR
Assistant Director of the STR SHARE Center

COHREP

LPU

AAHRMEI

TIBFI


Click here for a PDF copy of the announcement.

Full Details:

Sustainable Innovative Knowledge Application for Tourism (SIKAT) is a one-year training program sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education(CHED) and will be delivered by the University of Alicante, Spain in coordination and partnership with the Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas.

The SIKAT project is focused on improving and updating the curriculum needs of the Tourism sector, and on topics that have emerged regarding the new challenges for local universities in a post-confinement scenario.

Who should apply?

  • Open to Academic Staff/ Faculty Members who are experts in Tourism Education or teaching Tourism subjects in their respective institution.

Requirements:

  1. Fully Accomplished application form (refer to the link below)
  2. Letter of Recommendation signed by the head of University
  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae
  4. Recent 2x2 photo with white background (soft copy)
  5. A 2-minute video answering the following:
    1. How can the training help you and your institution?
    2. How can this revitalize the tourism sector?

Note: The video should be in landscape orientation, preferably in mp4 format or any format that is playable in all video players. Please upload the video in Google Drive and indicate the link in the registration.

To apply, please accomplish the forms on the following links:

 

08 February 2021

ADVISORY

To:

  • All DOT-Accredited Tourism Enterprises
  • All Covered Accommodation Establishments
  • All Tourism Related Establishments
  • All Tourism Frontliners
  • All Travel Associations/Organizations/Council

Subject: DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021

Date: 11 February 2021 – 2:00 TO 4:00 P.M.

The Department of Tourism-National Capital Region (DOT-NCR) is staging its third FREE online leadership activity, dubbed “Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience” on February 11, 2021 (Thursday), from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is invited to formally welcome all the participants and deliver her inspirational remarks.

Brief Description:
The Leadership Excellence Series 2021 (“LES”): A 360° Virtual Learning Experience is DOT-NCR’s on-going initiative that forms part of the National Recovery Campaign of the Department of Tourism for the Tourism Industry. LES 2021, inspired by the worldrenowned TEDTalks, is a creatively programmed online course brought to life from the traditional webinar format through 3D and greenscreen technology. It features “high impact,” “long-lasting,” “disruptive” and “novel” topics, which will be headlined by captains of industry, policy-shapers, thought makers and the like. These quarterly online learning courses are aligned with the DOT-OIMD’s direction to “re-tool,” “re-skill,” and “re- boot” tourism leaders and frontliners, while the DOT- NCR aims to deliver these courses with the concept of Filipino Hospitality 2.0 in mind.

Participants
Tourism-related stakeholders, frontliners and business owners including executives, planners, and decision-makers that are part of the tourism value chain in the National Capital Region of the Philippines

Project Objectives:
This 2-hour learning activity aims to achieve the following in terms of overall tourism development.

  1. To equip tourism frontliners with practical and necessary knowledge vital during the new normal
  2. To inspire tourism stakeholders with an optimistic view of the future 3) To contribute towards the overall recovery of the tourism industry The event is also aimed to cement the position of the Regional Office as the center of digital learning in the Philippines.

On DOT-NCR’s behalf, allow me to personally extend my invitation to you and your tourism stakeholders to be one with in this online learning activity so that as we move forward with shared capabilities towards recovery.

It will be appreciated much if you can also host a watch party for our online event via your official social media accounts.

Kindly see the attached program deck, and please do let us know if you have any clarifications. You may also contact our project officer, Dee Mandigma (+63 928 507 2110) and program manager, Ramon de los Reyes (+63 917 537 9157).

Please accept the assurances of our highest consideration and esteem.

[signed]
Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr.
Regional Director
National Capital Region

Click here for the formatted letter in PDF.

 

30 January 2021

To: Industry Partners and Stakeholders      
From: Department of Tourism – Office of Industry Manpower Development      
Subject: Invitation to Different Tourism Stakeholders to Participate in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) as Part of the Crafting of the Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Strategy and Action Plans (PTHCD) 2021-2025


In the crafting of the Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Strategy and Action Plan and in the pursuit of the goals of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Convergence efforts towards Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training signed by DOT, DEPED, TESDA, CHED, and TIBFI, we would like to invite you to participate in the discussion on some identified challenges within and among the different stakeholders to discuss and create possible solutions:

Location: Luzon

  • Session 1 (Discussion of Challenges): February 4, 2021 9am-12nn
  • Session 2 (Presentation of Output and Solutions): February 16, 2021 9am-12nn

Location: Visayas

  • Session 1 (Discussion of Challenges): February 4, 2021 2pm-5pm
  • Session 2 (Presentation of Output and Solutions): February 16, 2021 2pm-5pm

Location: Mindanao

  • Session 1 (Discussion of Challenges): February 5, 2021 9am-12nn
  • Session 2 (Presentation of Output and Solutions): February 17, 2021 9am-12nn

Location: National Capital Region

  • Session 1 (Discussion of Challenges): February 5, 2021 2pm-5pm
  • Session 2 (Presentation of Output and Solutions): February17, 2021 2pm-5pm

As seen above, each location will need to attend session 1 and session 2 to complete the attendance.

There are over 30 identified challenges divided into a total of six (6) clusters that we have the opportunity to discuss in the session. We highly encourage you to invite relevant people from your different departments/divisions to attend the FGD.

In order to do so, please give this link  https://na.eventscloud.com/phtourismhumancapital   to your potential attendees: . Once you fill up the registration, it will ask you for a cluster that you would like to join and you will be automatically be assigned to the corresponding breakout room.

You will also be given the link to all the relevant documents that is needed for this event.

For your information and reference, the clusters are as follows:

  1. Research and Innovation Programs
  2. Standards Review and Development
  3. Industry Linkages and Partnerships
  4. ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangements on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP)
  5. Education Tourism as a Product Offering
  6. Other Programs

In line with this, we respectfully would like to request representatives from your organization to participate in the FGD  as well as invite your contacts and partners in your sector to register and participate.

For any questions or clarifications, please contact Ms. Elenita M. Pareja at dot.empareja@gmail.com.

Thank you very much and we look forward to your favorable response.

Click here to register: Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Strategy and Action Plan


[signed]
ROWENA LU Y. MONTECILLO
Director
Office of Industry Manpower Development

Click here for the letter in PDF format.

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