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Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning - Crisis Management on 11 June 2021, 3:00 to 5:00 PM


You are cordially e-invited to the Department of Tourism – National Capital Region’s (DOT-NCR) trailblazing online learning course, the Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience as it returns to the screen this June 11, Friday, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Aimed at equipping and educating tourism stakeholders in the new norm, this is an open to the public, free-of-charge online event, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players and frontliners.

Simulcast live via Zoom and across DOT-NCR’s digital assets @TourismMNL, the Leadership Excellence Series 2021 vows to raise the bar in online learning as it integrates creative programming, high-value production of the world-renowned TEDxTalk format, and featuring dynamic speakers who are at the top of their fields.

2021 Philippine Student Market Study Virtual Competition - November 20, 2021
How to do market analysis and prepare a presentation for the 2021 Philippine Student Market Study Competition

A special workshop will be held on Saturday, May 29th from 8AM to 10AM (GMT+8) for instructors wishing to teach their students how to do market analysis and prepare a presentation for the 2021 Philippine Student Market Study Competition. During the session we will thoroughly discuss the components of a comprehensive market study and explain the process to create a market study presentation.  We’ll also talk about the guidelines and requirements for the competition, presentation and scoring criteria, and answer questions.  Training materials will be made available to attendees that register in advance and the workshop will be recorded.  The workshop is free for faculty at SHARE Center member schools.

To attend you must register in advance by clicking here.

We are very excited about the 2021 Philippine Student Market Study Competition and invite hospitality and tourism students from universities and colleges throughout the Philippines to participate.  Teams may include both undergraduate and graduate students.   This is an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and ability in front of other students, professors, industry professionals, and recruiters.  Each team will conduct a Market Study on a market (city) of their choice.

Parallel to the ongoing Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and scheduled Key Information Interviews (KIIs) for the Tourism Response and Recovery Plan (TRRP) review and updating, the Office of Tourism Development Planning, Research and Information Management (OTDPRIM) will be conducting an online survey for DOT accredited establishments. This is to assess the current conditions of the enterprises, the reasons for availment or nonavailment of the recovery packages, other sources of financing tapped, and to identify their immediate needs in the next 6 to 12 months.

In this regard, DOT-NCR enjoins accredited establishments and members of the tourismrelated associations (accommodation, transport, restaurants, tour guides, farm tourism, etc.) to answer the survey, not later than 14 May 2021, which can be accessed through this link:

For your guidance and compliance.

Regional Director
National Capital Region
Department of Tourism
14 May 2021


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4th GAIN National Convention

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Turning life as we know it upside down, the COVID-19 pandemic has jumpstarted the digital economy, forever changing how the global markets work. Shining the spotlight on the changes brought about by rapid digitalization and its effect on new entrants to the global workplace, this conference will tackle the new requirements for success: digital literacy framework, global communication standards, micro-credentials vis-a-vis a college degree, Philippine PISA results vis-a-vis national competitiveness, and the ability to adapt to remote work, the gig economy, hybrid workforces and globally connected teams.

UN Environment Programme - Transforming Tourism in Action: Tackling Plastic Pollution (April 27, 2021 3PM-4PM Manila Time)

We are pleased to invite you to the first Transforming Tourism in action: Tackling plastic pollution webinar (held in English) for Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa organized by UNEP. This session will be happening on Tuesday, April 27 2021, at 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. CEST (3:00-4:00 pm Philippine Time).


Among the many adverse consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the sudden surge in the volume of plastic waste. According to the Asian Development Bank, percentage increase of medical waste in South-East Asian national metropolitan cities (Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ha Noi) will likely jump by several hundred percent. Due to incorrect disposal and waste management, plastic products such as gloves, masks and hand sanitizer bottles have already been found in the natural environments of major tourism destinations. The higher demand for disposable plastic items, which in many cases are unrecyclable, could mean more plastic waste ending up as pollution and thereby undermining the natural environment upon which much tourism activity depends as an invaluable shared asset. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more complex to use plastics sustainably in many destinations and tourism businesses.  The pandemic has also shed light on the vulnerability of global value chains and on the relevance of circular business models in the use of plastics. Circular principles for single-use products provide credible, alternative solutions. Restarting tourism responsibly requires that future operations be guided by a science-based approach in order to support governments, business, and local communities to understand the trade-offs of decision-making processes that aim to align hygiene and health protocols with sustainability criteria.

Since 2019, tackling plastic pollution had already been defined of the priorities reflected in the Roadmap for Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Tourism in the Philippines. The webinar will provide an overview on the evolving environment, both from the public and private sector perspective, that will require and enable tourism business actions to take ambitious actions to tackle plastic pollution.

  1. Updating of the MICE Roadmap 2030
  2. Tourism Sectoral Consultation: Preparing for the Conduct of the National Job Summit 2021 in Accordance with the NERS 8-Point Agenda
  3. UP AIT: Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management
  4. DOT Memorandum Circular Nos. 2021-002 and 2021-003
  5. DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (Postponed)
  6. ASEAN Plus Three Initiative: "Continue to Establish APPTEN and to Conduct Workshops/Dialogues for Exchange In Tourism Training Education"
  7. DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (March 17, 2021)
  8. A Special Big Data and Analytics Program for the Philippines brought to you by the STR SHARE Center
  9. Calling All Tourism Educators: Apply for the SIKAT Project
  10. DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021 (11 February 2021 - 2PM to 4PM)
  11. 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
  12. World Women Tourism launches Glocal Webinar Series on Accelerating Women in the Tourism Industry
  13. HRAP ADVISORY 2021-061 Re: IATF RESO No. 95 - Amending the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine
  14. DOT on MICE Events
  15. DOT-DOLE'S Implementation of Financial Assistance & Cash-for-Work Program
  16. TIBFI WEBINAR 5 - May PASko PA rin sa panahon ng Covid (Updated Schedule)
  17. TVET Policy eFora Web Conference 4
  18. Important Announcement: Rescheduled Event
  19. Announcement: PRCTH 2020 Postponed
  20. lmplementing Guidelines on Providing Financial Assistance and Cash-For-Work Program for Displaced Workers in the Tourism Sector

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HRAP Advisory

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)

Board of Advisers

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)

Secretariat: Lawrence Castro

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