Department of Tourism (DOT) Garners Overwhelming Support from Employees, Lawmakers, and Former Officials

In a heartening display of solidarity, employees and officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) gathered at the central office in Makati City on Tuesday morning to express their support for Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco. Despite it being a regular working day, the atmosphere was filled with enthusiasm as employees welcomed Secretary Frasco with personalized banners, signaling their overwhelming and collective support.

Expressing her gratitude, Secretary Frasco stated, “I am deeply grateful for all the messages of support that have poured in, reflecting that which we all hold in common: We all love the Philippines. We all genuinely desire for our country’s success. The work under the Marcos Administration to usher in a robust recovery of Philippine tourism continues.”

Support from Former Officials and Lawmakers

Former Tourism Secretary Mina Gabor, who served from 1996 to 1998, conveyed her support to Secretary Frasco through a personal letter, stating, “I genuinely believe it (Love the Philippines) is authentic and has the legs to go global. Keep on moving forward!”

Senator Richard Gordon, also a former tourism chief, emphasized his endorsement of “Love the Philippines,” stating in an interview, “I support Love the Philippines because it can be localized. Madaling tandaan.”

Several lawmakers expressed their support for Secretary Frasco, acknowledging her accomplishments and swift actions in addressing recent challenges. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara praised the DOT secretary for the remarkable achievements despite the global health emergency, stating, “I am confident that Philippine tourism will be able to reach new heights, and the world will see the many reasons to Love the Philippines.”

Senator Pia Cayetano commended Secretary Frasco for her quick response to the issues, emphasizing the need to focus on promoting the country’s breathtaking destinations. “It’s time to pick up the pieces and focus on promoting our country’s breathtaking destinations,” she stated.

Senator Francis Tolentino described Secretary Frasco’s actions as a demonstration of commitment to excellence, stating, “Her integrity and competence will continue to revitalize the country’s tourism industry as we emerge from the recent global pandemic.”

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his support for Secretary Frasco and urged Filipinos to work together to enhance tourism. “I continue to support Tourism Sec. Christina Garcia Frasco and the rest of DOT for their efforts to further improve our country’s tourism sector,” he said.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada commended the DOT’s responsible handling of the situation, noting that proactive measures are crucial for promoting the Philippines as a premier tourist destination.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. lauded the DOT’s swift action in terminating the contract with the ad agency, emphasizing that Secretary Frasco’s efforts should not be obscured by the agency’s mistakes.

Senator Robin Padilla conveyed his salutations to Secretary Frasco and the entire Department for their dedication to revitalizing tourism in the Philippines.

In addition to lawmakers, some officials from Cebu province signed a manifesto this week expressing their support for Secretary Frasco.

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