Recognition bestowed upon Filipino tourism frontliners during the 50th founding anniversary celebration of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

In commemoration of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) 50th founding anniversary, Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and DOT officials gathered today at Casa Blanca in Intramuros for a special reception honoring the dedication of tour guides and leaders of tour guide associations. This event serves as a heartfelt recognition of the relentless efforts displayed by these frontliners in promoting Philippine tourism, even in the face of the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.

Secretary Frasco conveyed the significance of celebrating this milestone alongside the individuals who have been at the forefront of championing the country’s tourism. During her address at the luncheon with tourism frontliners, she expressed her deep appreciation for their role in carrying the responsibility of showcasing the beauty of the Philippines to the world.

“I could not find it in my heart to celebrate it with anybody else other than our frontliners,” Secretary Frasco remarked, acknowledging the pivotal role they play in shaping the narrative of Philippine tourism.

Speaking before leaders from various tour guide associations, Secretary Frasco shared her experiences as a three-term Mayor of Liloan in Cebu, emphasizing the urgency of incorporating local perspectives and considering the concerns of those on the ground to ensure the success of tourism projects.

Recognizing the impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry, Secretary Frasco emphasized the need for the DOT to prioritize the welfare and opinions of tourism frontliners. She underscored their invaluable role in translating the department’s plans into tangible implementations.

As a token of appreciation, Secretary Frasco personally gifted each attendee with goodie baskets containing essentials to aid them in their roles as tour guides. The baskets included items such as a lapel microphone, sunglasses, hats, and other accessories.

Secretary Frasco concluded her address by urging tour guides to continue sharing the Filipino story with love, emphasizing the positive impact their efforts have on Filipino families dependent on the tourism industry and the nation-building process.

Among those present at the luncheon were Undersecretary Ferdinand Jumapao, DOT-NCR Regional Director Sharlene Zabala-Batin, and Intramuros Administrator Atty. Joan Padilla. The event reflected the DOT’s commitment to recognizing and supporting the individuals contributing to the success of the Philippine tourism industry.

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