Frasco Incoming Tourism Sec. Christina Frasco

DOT welcomes new chief

May 30, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 702 views

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday welcomed the impending appointment of Mayor Christina G. Frasco as its new Secretary with high hopes that the momentum it has generated to enable the industry to recover from the negative effects of the pandemic will be continued.

In a statement, the DOT said its transition team is ready to welcome and brief the new Secretary and her team for a smooth turnover.

Among those that will be turned over is the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2022 to 2028.

The DOT will also turn over the reformulated Tourism Response and Recovery Plan (TRRP), which served as the department’s road map to the tourism sector’s full recovery from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stressed the next administration is assured that the DOT has been operating in utmost accountability and transparency, receiving an ‘unqualified opinion’ from the Commission on Audit (COA), the highest rating that indicates that all of its financial statements are reported fairly and correctly, for two straight years.

The last time the DOT was awarded this rating was back in 2009, the statement added.

Puyat noted the DOT has maintained the agency’s ISO 9001:2015 certification for four years in a row, and has successfully expanded its Quality Management System (QMS) coverage to three additional regional offices, DOT-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions 4A (CALABARZON), and Region 10 (Northern Mindanao).

“I will bow out of the department secure in the knowledge that the industry is back on its feet: borders have reopened and the livelihood of those dependent on tourism have gradually been restored,” the Secretary said.

Puyat said the new tourism chief can bank on the remarkable gains of the Duterte Administration that has piloted sustainable and regenerative tourism practices, not only on Boracay Island, but also in many tourist destinations across the country.

Thus, the outgoing Secretary is confident that the Department is ready to make the next big strides to even greater heights.

The DOT, under the leadership of Puyat has worked hard to be able to recover and revive the tourism industry in the country after it was hardly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.