THE Department of Tourism (DOT)-Western Visayas will bring its "Accreditation on Wheels" program to Bacolod City on August 27 to 29.
The program, which was implemented through the partnership of the Bacolod City local government unit (LGU) and DOT-Western Visayas, aims to cater to the application for accreditation of tourism enterprises in the capital city.
According to the DOT, the distance of the regional office, which is in Iloilo, discourages owners of Bacolod tourism enterprises to undergo accreditation, the very reason why "Accreditation on Wheels" was conceived.
The program is in line with the department's mandate to "develop and enforce a comprehensive system of mandatory accreditation for primary tourism enterprises and voluntary accreditation for secondary tourism enterprises."
On February 5, 2019, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año issued Memorandum Circular 2019-17 which instructed all LGUs to require all primary tourism enterprises, particularly accommodation establishments, to secure accreditation from DOT before they are issued licenses or permits to operate.
The circular "amplifies the necessity of having tourism enterprises accredited," the DOT Region 6 wrote in an August 22 letter furnished to Acting City Tourism Officer Sandra Sycip.
Bacolod will be the venue of the first leg of the "Accreditation on Wheels."
"We will be orienting participants on the importance and benefits of accreditation, the procedures and requirements. We will then receive and evaluate applications and documents submitted and conduct inspections," the DOT-Western Visayas said.
Orientation and the receiving and evaluation of applications will be on August 27.
Inspections will be conducted on August 28 to 29.
The DOT eyes to accredit at least 20 tourism enterprises in Bacolod at the end of the program.
Tourism is among the major economic drivers in Western Visayas. The DOT believes that in order to sustain the tourism industry in the region, tourism-oriented enterprises must comply with "internationally competitive standards" concerning facilities and services offered. (PR)