LGUs support accreditation of tourism enterprises: DOT

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Saturday, August 13, 2011


MORE local government units have declared support to the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) accreditation initiative for tourism-related establishments.

DOT on Friday said the City Councils of Bacolod, Dapitan, Zamboanga and General Santos are the latest to support the campaign for accreditation through the passage of a complementary resolution or ordinance.

The Provincial Boards of Sorsogon, Albay, Isabela, Siquijor and Bohol; the City Councils of Cebu, Iloilo, Mandaue, Naga, Puerto Princesa, Digos and Davao del Sur; as well as the Municipal Councils of Nueva Valencia and Guimaras also made similar declarations earlier.

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“These pledges of support for our accreditation drive are very encouraging,” DOT stressed, adding that “diligent enforcement of accreditation guidelines is vital and that the localities themselves must be involved since they are the ultimate benefactors of better-quality tourism products and services through accreditation.”

It added that the LGUs have agreed to have primary enterprises present their respective accreditation certificates upon the renewal of their business permits. “Enterprises applying for new permits will be required to present an endorsement from the DOT.”

Primary tourism enterprises include travel agencies and tour operators, tourist transport services, accommodation establishments, convention and exhibition organizers as well as tourism estate management services.

As per Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009, all primary tourism enterprises are required to obtain compulsory and mandatory accreditation from the DOT. It also underscores the value of accreditation by giving preference to those accredited enterprises as beneficiaries of promotional training and other programs and services of the department and its attached agencies.

DOT said the mandatory accreditation will ensure uniformity in standards and guidelines across all LGUs. “Prior to Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code, the DOT had licensing powers over tourism-related establishments but this regulatory function was devolved and was instead substituted by voluntary accreditation.” (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 13, 2011.

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