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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





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.


  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



  • 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.

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.

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   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

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

Office of Industry Manpower Development

Click here for the letter in PDF format.

World Women Tourism launches Glocal Webinar Series on Accelerating Women in the Tourism Industry

Philippines Thursday, 4th February 2021 3-5PM (Manila Time) – World Women Tourism (WWT), an organization connecting women tourism professionals, is launching an Accelerating Women in the Philippines Tourism Industry to help women in the tourism & hospitality industry impacted by COVID-19. The webinar will take place virtually on the 4th of February at 3 pm (Manila time). The expert panel includes esteemed speakers Dr. Catheryn Khoo (Associate Professor, Griffith University), Former Undersecretary Alma Jimenez (Department of Tourism & President, ASEAN Society Philippines), Dir. Nelly Nita Dillera (Department of Trade & Industry-Philippine Trade Training Centre) and Ms. Ma Christina Aquino (Chairwoman, Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc). The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Jenny Panchal (James Cook University, Australia) and Dr. Barkathunnisha (Co-founder, World Women Tourism).

The goal of the GWS aims to support women in the tourism industry so that they may better approach the new disruptions that challenge their personal and professional lives. The session will be country-specific and will address the issues and challenges facing women in the Philippines, combining global and local strategies to create a ‘Glocal’ mission.

HRAP Advisory 2021-061

TO: HRAP  MEMBERS         
Date: JANUARY 22, 2021
Cc: Eugene T. Yap
Re: IATF RESOLUTION No.95 Amendments to the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine


We furnished you -as attached, copy of IATF Resolution No. 95, Series of 2021, dated January 21, 2021 Re:Amending the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine effective February 01, 2021.

Click here for the PDF copy of IATF Resolution No, 95.

Please be guided accordingly.

HRAP Advisory 2020-053

Date: DECEMBER 08, 2020
Cc: Eugene T. Yap

Dear HRAP  Members,

We are forwarding to you copy of DOT letter regarding the holding of MICE events per IATF Resolution No. 87

For your guidance and reference.

Tourism Congress of the Philippines


DATE: 07 December 2020
TO: All Members; Associations
FROM: Jose C. Clemente III
THRU: Tourism Congress Secretariat
SUBJECT: DOT-DOLE'S Implementation of Financial Assistance & Cash-for-Work Program

Dear Members,

Please find the attached letter from the Department of Tourism regarding the release of financial assistance to tourism workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attached also is the visual guide and the DOT-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular no. 2020-001 for your copy and reference.

Thank you very much.



TIBFI WEBINAR 5 - May PASko PA rin sa panahon ng Covid (updated schedule)

27 November 2020

Dear TIBFI Members,

Good day!

It is a great pleasure to inform you that the TIBFI WEBINAR 5 “May PASko PA rin sa panahon ng Covid" Has been rescheduled on:

  • DEC. 4, 2020 (Friday) 10:00 AM  - 12:30 PM

To Register:

Thank you!

Respectfully yours,

Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc.
Mobile No.: +63 906 295 5889

Greetings from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority!

With significant disruptions in the world of work and dramatic changes in the nature of jobs across the globe, there is enormous pressure in the TVET sector to step up its game to ensure that workers remain competitive and provide the means for social inclusion for the underprivileged and marginalized sectors. With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to even more abrupt and wide-scale disruptions, TVET became more crucial given the massive need to skill and upskill the workforce to adapt to these changes.

To this end, TESDA, in partnership with ADB, Bayan Academy, the British Embassy Manila, ILO, PBEd, and the World Bank is organizing the TVET Policy eFora Series  with the theme “Survive, Revive, and Thrive: Transforming TVET towards the New Normal and the Digital Future.” It involves discussions targeting different sectors in TVET, academe, industry, government, and others to exchange views and insights on initiatives, strategies, policies, and programs on technical vocational education and training (TVET) for economic recovery and in preparation of the Filipino workforce to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The final and culminating forum of the Series, Web Conference 4, will focus on high-level policy presentations and discussions on TVET for global competitiveness, social inclusion, and economic recovery. it also includes the Philippine Launch of the ASEAN TVET Council as well as a declaration of key policy actions reflecting the results of the eFora Series discussions shall conclude the event.

In this regard, may we respectfully invite you or a representative in the TVET Policy eFora Web Conference 4 on 03 December 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm via Zoom. You may register via this link: (updated). For more details, please visit (updated). For inquiries, you may contact the Planning Office – PPD at

The concept note and programme are also attached for your reference.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation.

Kind regards,

Tiffany Garcia

Policy Research and Evaluation Division (PRED), Planning Office
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
TESDA Complex, East Service Road, Taguig City
Telefax No. (+632) 8817-2675, Trunk Line (+632) 887-7777 loc. 611/612



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