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FREEZE| 3rd Tourism Human Resources Development Congress

Hernando O. Castillo | Mindanao Times | March 04, 2015

Ms. Anabelle Ochoa of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc.IN MY FORMER favorite restaurant for crispy pata, my friends and I told the manager that the crispy pata was far from crispy and the imbao soup served had plenty of shells but many meat parts were missing. Her reaction? She just asked if the service was good. Ouch. She neither offered an apology nor replacement for the awful things they call food in that resto in a mall. It’s the same restaurant where we found a dead insect in the pinakbet last year (at least, the then manager replaced it).

How come that the pretty manager insinuated that the service was good despite the bungling in the kitchen? For patient and forgiving customers like us, vowing to never set foot again in that place was enough. We didn’t demand for an explanation, apology, or replacement.

If that beautiful manager is reading this, I’m inviting her and the owner of the restaurant to improve their skills by attending relevant training programs and conferences.

On 23 March 2015, there is an opportunity for serious players in the hospitality industry to level up by participating in the 3rd Tourism Human Resource Development Congress at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City. A project of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI), the congress is designed to be a venue of discussion for the representatives from relevant government agencies, various tourism associations, the academe, the labor sector, human resource directors of tourism subsectors, tourism training institutions, public organizations, and other entities involved in tourism human resource development. The planners aim to harmonize all efforts and programs of stakeholders in the development of quality human resources.

The theme of the event is “Achieving Service Excellence for ASEAN.” The line-up of expert speakers there include Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Ramon Jimenez, ASEC Art Boncato, TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva, Mr. Ryan Sebastain, Indonesian Educator Pa Putu Laksaguna, Prof. Eric Zerrudo, international tourism and hospitality consultant Kevin Moriarty, TV personality Drew Arellano, Mr. Kennedy Kapulong of SEDA Hotel, topnotch tour guide Gene Rose Tecson, MICE expert and PACEOS President Monette Hamlin, and Department of Tourism RD Robbie.

TIBFI Chair Anabelle Ochoa and Joji Ilagan Career Foundation President Joji Bian are inviting all interested people to join this rare gathering of experts.

Source: Mindanao Times

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)

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