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23 March 2021

For: Members of the Mice Roadmap Technical Working Group (TWG)
Subject: Updating of the MICE Roadmap 2030
Note: See Distribution List

We are pleased to inform the members of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) Roadmap Technical Working Group (TWG) that the Department of Tourism has successfully engaged the services of Joint – Process Planning And Business Systems, Inc. (JPPBS) as the consultant for the updating of the MICE Roadmap.

As agreed by the TWG, the consultant shall partake the following scope of work:

  1. Conduct rapid assessments and consultations with focal persons who have thorough knowledge in MICE and relevant institutions necessary for data and information;
  2. Assess the feasibility and relevance of the roadmap targets and recommend amendments if necessary;
  3. Review existing MICE statistical sources and recommend a strategy to strengthen MICE data collection;
  4. Create an inventory of MICE players in the Philippines and assess the impact of COVID-19 in their operations and businesses;
  5. Study the strategies undertaken by neighboring countries in the Asia and the Pacific for COVID-19 response and recovery;
  6. Recommend strategies for the recovery and development of the Philippine MICE Industry;
  7. Identify strategies to further develop MICE tourism as a product;
  8. Prepare and present the revised roadmap to the MICE Roadmap Technical Working Group (TWG) for review;
  9. Revise the draft based on the comments and recommendations of the MICE Roadmap TWG and submit the final version to the TWG and the MICE Roadmap Inter-agency Coordinating Group (IACG) Heads, for approval;
  10. Present the revised MICE Roadmap to the Trade and Industry Development (TID) Updates.

23 March 2021

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

Thank you.

Very truly yours,


Assistant Secretary
Human Capital and Industry Manpower Development

Cc: Undersecretary Roberto P. Alabado III, TRCRG



March 25, 2021


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:

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

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



March 18, 2021

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,


Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation

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



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



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: Previously registered participants need not sign up again.

Thank you,

Department of Tourism-National Capital Region


  1. ASEAN Plus Three Initiative: "Continue to Establish APPTEN and to Conduct Workshops/Dialogues for Exchange In Tourism Training Education"
  2. DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (March 17, 2021)
  3. A Special Big Data and Analytics Program for the Philippines brought to you by the STR SHARE Center
  4. Calling All Tourism Educators: Apply for the SIKAT Project
  5. DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021 (11 February 2021 - 2PM to 4PM)
  6. 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
  7. World Women Tourism launches Glocal Webinar Series on Accelerating Women in the Tourism Industry
  8. HRAP ADVISORY 2021-061 Re: IATF RESO No. 95 - Amending the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine
  9. DOT on MICE Events
  10. DOT-DOLE'S Implementation of Financial Assistance & Cash-for-Work Program
  11. TIBFI WEBINAR 5 - May PASko PA rin sa panahon ng Covid (Updated Schedule)
  12. TVET Policy eFora Web Conference 4
  13. Important Announcement: Rescheduled Event
  14. Announcement: PRCTH 2020 Postponed
  15. lmplementing Guidelines on Providing Financial Assistance and Cash-For-Work Program for Displaced Workers in the Tourism Sector
  16. DOT CARES - Travel Loan Webinar for MSMEs in the Tourism Industry
  17. AAHRMEI 20th National Annual Convention
  18. DOT: Leadership Excellence Series 2020: Rebuild & Redefine
  19. Liberation Talks: Dreams of Cake and Ice Cream
  20. DOT: Update - Virtual Philippine Blue Tourism Forum (October 22 and 29, 2020)

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Board of Trustees (2019 - 2021)

Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino
Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP)

Ms. Anabelle Ochoa Moreno
Association of Human Resources Managers in the Hospitality Industry (AHRM)
Vice Chairman

Ms. Tinette Capistrano
Philippine Association of Convention/ Exhibition Organizer and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS)

Dr. Gloria Baken Wong- Siy
Association of Administrators in Hospitality Hotel and Restaurant Management Educational Institutions (AAHRMEI)

Mr. Elieser Casas
Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA)

Mr. Hessel Larcia
National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN- SENTRO)
Public Relations Officer

Board Trustees

Mr. Daniel Edralin
Ms. Eleonor Ogarte
National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN- SENTRO)

Ms. Fe Yu
Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA)

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Assistant Secretary Maria Rica C Bueno
Director Rowena Lu Y. Montecillo
Ms. Arlene Alipio
Department of Tourism (DOT)

Executive Director Imelda Taganas
Executive Director Susan Dela Rama
Ms. Ma. Isabel Gamurot
Technical Education Skills Development Authority

Dr. Edieser Dela Santa
University of the Philippines
Asian Institute of Tourism (UP AIT)

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