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Department of Tourism

Profile and History In 1952, through Republic Act No. 710, the Philippine Tourist and Travel Association (PTTA) were created to bring together all organizations and entities that cater to travel and tourism. By 1956 through R.A. 1478, the Board of Travel and Tourist Industry (BTTI) were created under the Department of Commerce and Industry (DCI) to serve as the policy-making body for travel and tourism, while the PTTA became its implementing arm. Presidential Decree No. 189 in 1973 gave birth to the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) as its implementing arm for infrastructure development. PD 189 also reconstituted and attached the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to the DOT. In 1976, the Philippine Convention Bureau (PCB) was created as DOT's marketing arm for conventions. In 1986, the Aquino administration sought to put more cohesiveness into the functions of the DOT. Through Executive Order No. 120, the DOT was reorganized in 1987 as the primary government agency charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity in the country. By virtue of this executive order, PTA remained as attached agency of the DOT. Subsequently, Executive Order No. 120-A reorganized the PCB to the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) as DOT's marketing arm. The CAB, though, was transferred to the Department of Transportation and Communication. With the completion of the 20-year Philippine Tourism Master Plan (TMP) in 1991, the Ramos administration issued Proclamation No. 188, adopting the TMP as the government's blueprint for tourism development. The proclamation mobilizes all government agencies and the private sector to support and implement the TMP. It also allows the DOT to create committees and task forces that will ensure the implementation of the programs identified in the plan. The Arroyo administration, anchored on economic sufficiency and political stability, adopted tourism as among its pillars for sustained economic growth by attracting more visitors, extending their length of stay, and increasing the attractiveness of the country's tourism products. Firmly committed to achieve this vision, the Arroyo administration elevated the Secretary of Tourism to a senior cabinet level. Vision Improve accessibility of travel destinations, Make tourism products better and more affordable, Promote a culture of tourism among local residents, and Increase recognition of tourism as an effective and efficient tool towards socio-economic development of the Philippines. Mission To generate foreign currency and employment; To spread the benefits of tourism to a wider segment of the population with the support, assistance and cooperation of both the private and public sector; and To ensure the safe, convenient, enjoyable stay and travel of foreign and local visitors in the Philippines. Mandate The Department of Tourism's mandate was first embodied in Presidential Decree No. 189 which created the Department of Tourism in 1973. It was reorganized structurally and functionally with Executive Order No. 120 signed in January 30, 1987. Additional Information Mission The Department of Tourism (DOT) shall be the primary government agency charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote, and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and employment and to spread the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sector. History 1950s - Started as a private initiative, the Philippine Tourist & Travel Association was organized. 1956 - The Board of Travel & Tourist Industry was created by law. 1973 - The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), and Philippine Convention Bureau (PCB) were created by the Philippine government. 1986 - Under Executive Order no. 120 and 120-A, DOT and PCB were reorganized structurally and functionally. PCB was renamed Philippine Convention & Visitors Corporation. Functions Office of the Secretary The Office of the Secretary provides leadership, direction, and substance to the overall operations of the Department. It formulates policies, plans, programs, rules, and regulations; reviews and evaluates the performance of the Tourism Master Plan and advises the President on all matters affecting the tourism program of the country. Tourism Promotions Sector The Tourism Promotion Sector has the primary function of promoting the Philippines as a tourist destination domestically and internationally. It devises integrated marketing and promotional activities such as information dissemination, public relations, special events, and related tourism programs. It likewise supervises the overseas field offices established to implement and enhance the tourism development and promotion program of the Department in the international field. Tourism Services and Regional Offices Sector The Tourism Services and Regional Offices Sector is tasked to ensure the pleasant entry, stay, and exit of tourists. It formulates standards of quantity and efficiency for tourism-oriented establishments, among others, done through an accreditation system. Tourist establishments' compliance to policies is monitored to make sure that their facilities and services are operated and maintained according to acceptable international norms. The Sector also supervises DOT's regional operations established to implement the policies, plans, programs, and regulations of the Department and to maintain the delivery of efficient and effective frontline services for the tourism industry. Planning, Product Development and Coordination The Tourism Planning, Product Development and Coordination Sector is responsible for the formulation and updating of the Tourism Master Plan, together with its component programs. The Sector monitors the effective implementation of the Tourism Master Plan and, in coordination with the private sector and other government institutions, develops and conceptualizes new products and investment opportunities designed to enhance tourist sites and facilities. Internal Services Sector The Internal Services Sector ensures the smooth and legal functioning of the operations of the Department through the provision of effective and efficient advice and services in the areas of personnel management, human resources development, general services administration, computerization and information technology services, budgetary, financial and management services, and including investigatory and advisory services.

Brief History Integrated Asian, European and American Influence. The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain's colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a "Walled City" comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence. In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946. Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations. Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes. ============================================================= GEOGRAPHY Source: www:nscb.gov.ph Location: Off the south-east coast of Asia and sprawls between Asia mainland and Australia between latitude 21°25'N and 4°23'N and longitude 116°E and 127°E. Capital: Manila, with a population of 1,660,7141 as of Aug 1, 2007 and an area of 25.0 sq. km. Land Area: The Philippines has a total land area of approximately 343,448.32 sq. km.2 and comprises 7,107 islands, some 4,000 of which are named and 1,000 are inhabited. The Philippine Archipelago is one of the largest island groups in the world. It is divided into three major island groups, namely: Luzon, 147,947.63 sq. km.; Visayas, 59,873.84 sq. km.; and Mindanao, 135,626.85 sq. km. Terrain: Diverse, owing to its numerous high mountains and/or volcanic landforms and extensive valleys and plateaus interspersed with many rivers and lakes. Climate: Tropical, with a normal average year-round temperature of 27°C (82°F). Two pronounced seasons --- dry and wet. Time Zone (Standard Time): One time zone. 120° East Meridian Time, which is eight hours in advance of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Note: Information are as of January 2010. 1 Source: 2007 Census of Population and Housing, National Statistics Office 2 Land area is based on the 2007 Masterlist certified by the Lands Management Bureau. ============================================================= PEOPLE Nationality: Filipino(s) Population: Population for year 2007 is 88.57 million. Annual growth rate for 2000-2007 is estimated at 2.04%. Population Projection for year 2007 is 88.7 million. Religion: Predominantly Christian. Catholics - 82.9% Protestants - 5.4% Islam - 4.6% Philippine Independent Church - 2.6% Iglesia ni Cristo - 2.3% Languages: Two official languages --- Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education. Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense. Education: Two forms --- formal and nonformal. Simple Literacy Rate (2003) - 93.4% Participation rates: Elementary (SY 2008- 2009)* - 85.12% Secondary (SY 2008- 2009)* - 60.74% Enrolment: Elementary (SY 2009-2010)* - 12,789,110 Secondary (SY 2009-2010)* - 5,416,718 Tertiary (SY 2009-2010) - 2,770,965 Health: Life expectancy (2010-2015): Female - 73.14 years Male - 67.67 years Infant mortality rate per 1000 live births (2006 ) - 13 Child mortality rate per 1000 live births (2006) - 6 Maternal mortality per 100,000 live births (2006) - 104 Contraceptive prevalence rate (2006) - 73% Labor and Employment (October 2010): Labor force participation rate - 64.2% Unemployment rate - 7.1% Distribution of Employed Persons: Agriculture, fishery and forestry - 33.6% Industry - 14.7% Services - 51.7%. * For Public schools only. Note: Data are as of 13 January 2011 ================================================================= GOVERNMENT Official Name: Republic of the Philippines Form of Government: Democratic Independence: June 12, 1898 Constitution: The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines restored the republican form of government in the country. It was ratified on February 2, 1987. Branches: Executive --- president and vice-president Legislative --- bicameral legislature (Upper and Lower House) Judiciary --- independent. Incumbent Officers: President: Benigno S. Aquino III Vice-President: Jejomar C. Binay Senate President: Juan Ponce Enrile Speaker of the House of Representatives: Feliciano Belmonte Administrative Subdivisions1: As of December 2010, the Philippines had 17 regions, 80 provinces, 138 cities, 1,496 municipalities and 42,025 barangays. Suffrage: Universal, but not compulsory, at age 18. Note: Information are as of January 2011. 1 Source: Philippine Standard Geographic Codes, NSCB ============================================================== ECONOMY Gross National Income (GNI) (4th Qtr 2011) At constant 2000 prices: Level: PhP 2,064,364 Growth rate (4Q 2010- 4Q 2011): 3.5% Per Capita GNI: PhP 21,402 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (4th Qtr 2011) At constant 2000 prices: Level: PhP 1,591,195 Growth rate (4Q 2010- 4Q 2011): 3.7% Per Capita GDP: PhP 16,497 Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishery (4th Qtr 2011) At constant 2000 prices: Percent share to total GNI: 9.5% Five major products: Palay, Coconut (including copra), Banana, Poultry, Livestock Industry Sector (4th Qtr 2011) At constant 2000 prices: Percent share to total GNI: 24.7% Major industries and their contribution to GNI Mining and quarrying: 0.7% Manufacturing: 17.8% Construction: 4.0% Electricity, gas and water supply: 2.2% Services Sector (4th Qtr 2011) At constant 2000 prices: Percent share to total GNI: 42.9% Major services and their contribution to total GNI Transportation, communication and storage: 5.7% Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household Goods: 13.6% Financial Intermediation: 5.0% Real Estate, Renting & Business Activities: 7.7% Public Administration & Defence; Compulsory Social Security: 2.9% Other services: 7.9% Currency Used: Philippine Peso (PhP) Note: Information are as of 30 January 2012. =================================================================== The President's Cabinet Executive Secretary - Paquito Ochoa, Jr. Secretary of Agrarian Reform - Virgilio De Los Reyes Secretary of Agriculture - Proceso Alcala Secretary of Budget and Management - Florencio Abad Secretary of Education - Bro. Armin Luistro FSC Secretary of Energy - Jose Rene Almendras Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources - Ramon Paje Secretary of Finance - Cesar Purisima Secretary of Foreign Affairs - Albert Del Rosario Secretary of Health - Enrique Ona Secretary of Interior and Local Government - Jesse Robredo Secretary of Justice - Leila de Lima Secretary of Labor and Employment - Rosalinda Baldoz Secretary of National Defense - Voltaire Gazmin Secretary of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning - Ramon Carandang Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations Office - Herminio Coloma Secretary of Public Works & Highways - Rogelio Singson Secretary of Science & Technology - Mario Montejo Secretary of Social Welfare & Development - Corazon Soliman Secretary of Tourism - Ramon Jimenez Secretary of Trade & Industry - Gregory Domingo Secretary of Transportation and Communications - Manuel Roxas Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - Patricia Licuanan Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council - Vice-President Jejomar Binay Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority - Cayetano Paderanga, Jr. National Security Adviser - Cesar Garcia Presidential Adviser on Peace Process - Teresita Deles Head of the Presidential Management Staff - Julia Andrea Abad Presidential Spokesperson - Edwin Lacierda Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority - Francis Tolentino Chief Presidential Legal Counsel - Eduardo de Mesa Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) - Antonino P. Roman National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) - Jose Eliseo M. Rocamora

How to apply? The DOT online application for accreditation is temporarily under maintenance. Applicants are advised to proceed to the regional office located in your respective locality: DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM DIRECTORY OF REGIONAL OFFICES Website: http://www.visitmyphilippines.com NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION Ma. Cynthia C. Lazo, CESO III - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region NCR 2/F New DOT Bldg., 351 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines 1200 Trunkline (63 2) 459-5200 to 459-5230 loc. 212 / 232 Telefax (63 2) 553-3530 / 3531 Email DOT [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION Marie Venus Q. Tan - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region CAR Baguio Tourism Complex, Gov. Pack Road, 2600 Baguio City Phone (63 74) 442-7014 / 8848 / 7014 / 424-8667 Mobile 0917-658-1619 E-mail [email protected] / [email protected] NORTH LUZON REGION (ILOCOS) Martin S. Valera, CSE Eligible - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region I G/F Oasis Country Resort Hotel, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union Phone (63 72) 888-2098 / 888-2411 / 242-1656 Fax (63 72) 888-2098 Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] Satellite Office (Laoag Sub-Office) Modesto T. Baloloy - Officer - In - Charge 2/F Pacific Bldg., Abadilla St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte 2900 Phone (63 77) 772-0467 Telefax (63 77) 771-1473 Mobile 0920-603-1850 Email [email protected] CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION Virgilio M. Maguigad - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region II # 2 Dalan na Pav-vurulun, Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 3500 Telefax: (63 78) 304-1503 / 304-1499 Phone (63 78) 373-9563 / 373-0785 / 373-0786 Mobile 0918-909-2326 / 0939-198-5444 (Smart) Mobile 0915-189-1388 (Globe) / 0925-880-1550 up to 1555 (Sun) Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] Website www.dotregion2.com.ph CENTRAL LUZON REGION Carolina D. Uy - Chief Tourism Operations Officer / Officer–In-Charge Department of Tourism - Region III G/F Marlim Mansions Hotel Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City Phone: (63 45) 625-8525 / 458-2358 Office Mobile #: 0939-904-5231 / 0917-506-2221 OIC Carol Uy Mobile #: 0908-888-4858 / 0906-248-8338 Alvin delos Reyes (accreditation officer) Mobile # 0923-474-3849 Email: [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] CALABARZON REGION Vernie V. Morales, CESO III - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region IV-A G/F Dencris Business Center, Halang, National Hwy., Calamba City, Laguna Phone (63 49) 508-0731 to 34 (Trunkline) Phone (63 49) 508-0741 / 0760 / 0743 / 0748 / 0761 Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] MIMAROPA REGION Maria Luisa S. Diploma - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region IV-B DOT Bldg., #351 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., JB Bldg., Makati City Phone (63 2) 459-5200 loc. 210 / 890-1014 Fax (63 2) 890-0945 Email [email protected] BICOL REGION Benjamin F. Santiago - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region V Regional Center Site, Rawis, 4500 Legazpi City Phone (63 52) 481-5593 / 435-0085 Fax (63 52) 482-0712 / 482-0715 Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] Website www.www.gayonbicol.com WESTERN VISAYAS REGION Atty. Helen J. Catalbas - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region VI Western Visayas Tourism Center, Capitol Ground, Bonifacio Drive, 5000 Iloilo City Phone (63 33) 337-5411 / 509-3550 Telefax (63 33) 335-0245 Mobile 0917-622-7979 (RD Helen) / 0917-722-6691 (office) Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] Website www.westernvisayastourism.com.ph Satellite Office (Boracay) Mr. Kristoffer Leo Velete Officer-in-Charge / Team Leader D' Mall, Stn 2, Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan 5608 Aklan Phone (63 36) 288-3689 Mobile 0947-852-8110 Email [email protected] Website http://www.boracay.com Bacolod Satellite Office Doña Ceferina II Bldg., Door #4, 22nd St., Lacson, 6100 Bacolod City Phone (63 34) 709-0626 CENTRAL VISAYAS REGION Shahlimar H.Tamano - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region VII G/F LDM Bldg. cor Legaspi and MJ Cuenco Sts., 6000 Cebu City Phone (63 32) 412-1980 (Executive Assistant) Phone (63 32) 412-1967 (Administrative / Accounting Div) Phone (63 32) 254-3534 / 412-1980 (Planning and Statistics Office) Phone (63 32) 254-6650 (Product Development Div) Phone (63 32) 254-2811 / 412-1966 (Accreditation Div) Email dot [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] Satellite Office (Bohol) Door 2, 2/F Sum Bldg., San Jose St., Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran City 6300 Phone (63 38) 501-0143 EASTERN VISAYAS REGION Ma. Trinidad C. Dacuycuy - Supervising Tourism Operations Officer / Officer-In-Charge Department of Tourism - Region VIII Leyte Park Hotel Cpd., Magsaysay Blvd., Kanhuraw Hill, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, 6500 Leyte Phone (63 53) 832-0901 / 325-5279 / 321-2048 Mobile 0998-888-9715 Email [email protected] / [email protected] ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA REGION Karina Rosa S. Tiopes, CESO III - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region IX G/F Samboangan Cooperative Bldg., Gen. Vicente Alvarez St. cor. Claveria St., Zamboanga City 7000 Phone (63 62) 955-2477 Telefax (63 62) 993-0030 Mobile 0917-710-5219 Email [email protected] / [email protected] Satellite Office (Dapitan City) City Library Bldg., 7101 Dapitan City Phone (63 65) 213-6616 Telefax (63 65) 213-6787 Email [email protected] NORTHERN MINDANAO REGION Marie Elaine Salvana - Unchuan - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region X Florentino St., Limketkai Center 9000 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental Phone (63 88) 880-4531 / 856-4048 E-mail [email protected] / [email protected] Website http://dotregion10.com.ph/ SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION Antonio Fernando M. Blanco - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region XI Rm. 512 5/F LANDCO Corporate Center Bldg., J.P. Laurel Avenue, 8000 Davao City Phone (63 82) 225-1940 / 221-0070 / 6955 Phone (63 82) 221-0070 / 6955 Phone (63 82) 224-1363 / 0917-795-3965 / 0939-930-0864 (Office of the Assistant Secretary) Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] Website www.discoverdavao.com / www.davaocity.gov.ph SOUTH CENTRAL MINDANAO Maria Rica C. Bueno - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region XII G/F Door 6 & 7, Lucena Realty Bldg., Alunan Ave., cor. Jose Abad Santos St., Koronadal City Phone (63 83) 228-8667 / 520-1274 E-mail [email protected] / [email protected] Website www.visitsox.com CARAGA REGION Ma. Ana T. Nuguid - Regional Director Department of Tourism - Region XIII G/F Grateful Realty Corp. Bldg., 008 Pili Drive, 8600 Butuan City Phone (63 85) 341-8413 Telefax (63 85) 815-6040 Email [email protected] Website: http://www.dotcaraga.ph Coordinating Office: MS. MARIA LOURDES F. 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Sustainable Tourism in the Philippines: How to be a Responsible Traveler

Sustainable Tourism in the Philippines: How to be a Responsible Traveler

Klara Iskra Añonuevo

What is Sustainable Tourism?

15 ways to be a responsible traveler in the philippines, 1. visit ecotourism destinations and attractions in the philippines, 2. stay at eco-friendly hotels and resorts in the philippines, 3. book with dot-accredited local tour operators, 4. leave no trace, 5. bring reusable utensils and refillable bottles, 6. go on cultural immersions, 7. try farm tours, 8. eat at local restaurants, 9. follow proper interaction with wildlife, 10. reduce your carbon footprint with your transport choices, 11. explore nearby destinations, 12. spend more time in destinations, 13. support local when buying souvenirs, 14. use environment-friendly travel products, 15. go digital.

Boatman at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is home to many natural tourist spots . Stunning islands, spectacular beaches, breathtaking mountains, and rare endemic wildlife are just some of the reasons why you should visit the Philippines . It’s no surprise that the Philippines attracts millions of tourists every year, and while this is great for the country’s economy, it could affect its natural attractions, especially if tourists do not follow responsible travel and sustainable tourism practices. 

In fact, in 2020, it was reported that the Philippines was ranked 94th out of 99 countries when it comes to promoting sustainable tourism. In 2018, the top island Philippine destination called Boracay was closed to the general public for six months for rehabilitation.

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Boracay, one of the most popular Visayas tourist spots , was suffering from deteriorating environmental conditions, partly due to the millions of tourists who visit it every year. These are just some reasons why practicing and promoting sustainable tourism in the Philippines is important.

Through campaigns like Save our Spots , the Department of Tourism has encouraged domestic and foreign tourists to travel responsibly and sustainably. The least we can do as tourists is to follow sustainable practices in the Philippines to help protect our environment. But there’s more to sustainable travel than just following the leave no trace principles.

In this article, we give you more ways you can help conserve the Philippines’ best natural assets on your next vacation in the Philippines .

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Woman island hopping in El Nido

El Nido, Palawan

Sustainable tourism is the practice of considering the impact of tourism on the environment, the economy, and society while at the same time taking into account the needs of the tourists, the host communities, and the industry.

Why is sustainable tourism important? If we don’t take care of the natural resources in our tourist spots, it will lead to their deterioration and destruction, and future generations won’t be able to appreciate their beauty, while those from the tourism industry can potentially lose their jobs and source of income.

Being a responsible tourist is just one way to ensure that the best places to visit in the Philippines remain beautiful and open for everyone to enjoy.

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What are the 15 principles of sustainable tourism? There are many ways to be a responsible tourist in the Philippines and here are just some of them:

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Basco Lighthouse in Batanes

The Philippines is home to many tourist attractions, and apart from the top tourist spots in the Philippines , there are ecotourism destinations and attractions like Batanes , The Masungi Georeserve in Rizal, Palaui Island in Cagayan, and Apo Island in Negros Oriental. These places and spots not only offer amazing local experiences but also give you the chance to practice responsible tourism as the local communities and stakeholders follow some of the best practices in sustainable tourism.

The people of Batanes, for example, have done a wonderful job of preserving the culture of the Ivatans by keeping their stone houses intact. The locals here also practice sustainable fishing and farming, while the local government prioritizes local culture and investors, which is why instead of 5-star hotels, you’ll mostly find homestays here.

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Aerial view of El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

Photo by El Nido Resorts group

Your choice of accommodations is also another way how to practice sustainable tourism. Staying at some of the best eco-friendly resorts in the Philippines allows you to reduce your carbon footprint when traveling. Eco-friendly hotels follow sustainable practices such as organic farming, tree planting, rainwater recycling, solid waste segregation, composting, coastal clean-ups, farm-to-table dining, using local building materials, and using solar energy.

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Look for properties that have certification or awards from the Philippine Green Building Initiative, Inc, the ASEAN Green Hotel Awards, or the DOT’s ANAHAW Philippine Sustainable Tourism Certification.

Of course, you can also do more beyond just booking and staying at these hotels and resorts. You can turn off all the electronic devices, including the air conditioner, when leaving your hotel room. Let the staff know you will be reusing your towels, bed linen, and sheets. If your room is clean anyway, hang the “Don’t Disturb” sign to prevent unnecessary vacuuming and cleaning.

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Woman on ATV tour in Bicol

ATV Ride in Mt. Mayon, Legazpi, Albay

The Department of Tourism has advised local hotels, resorts, and tour operators to seek DOT accreditation so the department can help them adopt sustainable tourism practices. DOT-accredited accommodations and tour operators get access to technical tools that will help them become sustainable. This is part of the DOT’s plan on how to develop sustainable tourism in the country. 

When you tour the Philippines , book with DOT-accredited travel agencies like Guide to the Philippines. We partner with DOT-accredited hotels, resorts, and tour operators and help them to widen their global reach by showcasing their products online in our platform. 

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Man relaxing on Daku Island

Daku Island in Siargao

The “Clean as you go” or CLAYGO rule should be followed not only when you travel but in your everyday life. Simply put, leave no trace means you don’t leave any item when you visit a natural tourist destination. This rule is mainly for litter like tissue, food wrappers, and plastic bottles, but be mindful of unintentionally leaving behind personal belongings, which could also end up harming the environment. 

Some tourist destinations like the Pink Beach in Zamboanga have their own strict leave no trace policies, and those who violate them can be charged fines or put in jail and/or community service. 

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Backpacker by Mayon Volcano

Mt. Mayon in Legazpi, Albay

One simple way to practice how to be a responsible traveler is to bring your own reusable utensils and water bottles when you travel. This will help reduce your use of single-use plastics and lessen your carbon footprint when traveling. If you’re worried about these items taking too much space in your bag, you should consider foldable travel spoons, forks, and chopsticks and collapsible water bottles. 

Similar to the leave no trace policy, some places in the Philippines have tried reducing waste by banning single-use plastics. In Siargao , for example, plastic bags are not allowed, and restaurants are prohibited from selling water in plastic bottles. El Nido also has a plastic ban which requires all boat passengers to surrender their single-use plastic bottles and bags before boarding.

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Ifugao native at the Banaue Rice Terraces

Ifugao native at the Banaue Rice Terraces

The Philippines is home to many different cultures, and one way to experience some of these cultures and how to encourage sustainable tourism is to go on a cultural immersion in an indigenous village. Cultural immersion can be as simple as sharing a meal with some of the locals or participating in their local activities or as immense as living with the locals in their homes for a period of time. Many Luzon tourist spots like Buscalan, Batad, Banaue , and Sagada offer homestays for tourists.

Whatever path you choose, make sure to always be respectful of the traditions, rituals, and the locals themselves. Learning about another culture and way of life will not only be a learning experience, but it will also help you appreciate the destination even more.

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Produce growing in Bohol Bee Farm

Photo by Bohol Bee Farm

When we think about what are the characteristics of a sustainable tourism destination, many of them can actually be found on a farm, so staying at or touring a farm is a no-brainer when it comes to traveling responsibly.

The Philippine agrotourism industry has bloomed, thanks to the country’s best farm tour destinations . Agrotourism in the Philippines offers agricultural activities like feeding animals, picking your own fruits and vegetables, and various workshops, including cooking demonstrations. 

Take it to the next level by staying at farm resorts in the Philippines . Spending a couple of days in these farm stays will not only teach you how to achieve sustainable tourism, but it will also teach you ways of how to be more sustainable in your daily routine.

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Grilled Filipino food

Filipino cuisine offers a variety of tastes, smells, and textures, and if you can’t have a meal at an actual Filipino home, the next best way to experience it is in a local Filipino restaurant. Not only will you experience a more authentic meal, but you will also help out small businesses thrive. 

Patronizing local restaurants also help the environment. Local restaurants that source their ingredients locally have a smaller carbon footprint because the produce doesn’t have to travel far to reach their destination. While eating at any restaurant, remember that you can help reduce your food waste and promote sustainability by only ordering food that you can finish and ordering dishes with ingredients that are in season.

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Tariser in the Tarsier Sanctuary

Tarsier in Bohol

Not all wildlife attractions are created equal. Do your research and look for those that consider the welfare of the creatures that they feature. Show that you know how to travel responsibly by following all the rules set by the guides.

For example, when visiting the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol , you will be told to stay quiet as much as possible, not use flash when taking photos, and refrain from touching the tarsiers to ensure that they won’t get stressed.

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If you want to see and swim with whale sharks in Donsol, you will be told to keep your distance from the animals and not use flash photography to avoid startling and hurting them.

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Travelers biking in Intramuros

Bamboo bike ride in Intramuros, Manila

Transportation can greatly add to your carbon footprint, but with many options for traveling to and within a destination, your choices can help you lessen that. When taking flights, choose direct flights over those with layovers. Heavier airplanes also consume more fuel, so do your part and pack as light as you can.

How to achieve sustainable tourism while exploring a destination? Choose to walk or bike whenever possible. Not only do you help reduce your carbon footprint, but you’ll also get to appreciate your surroundings more since you are passing by them at a slower pace. Destinations like Boracay and Intramuros in Manila offer bike tours in the Philippines where you can explore attractions while burning some calories!

If your stops are not close enough to bike or walk to, use public transportation or shared rides instead of using a private vehicle. 

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Anawangin Cove in Zambales

Anawangin Cove in Zambales

Of course, if you can forego the flights altogether, the better, as this means your carbon footprint will be lower. The Philippines is full of amazing destinations that, chances are, you don’t need to board a flight to see at least one of the best beaches near Manila or the best beaches in the Philippines . If you want to explore Luzon, you can go on a road trip near Manila and enjoy nearby places like Pampanga , Bataan , Batangas , and Tagaytay .

Posting about your trips is also a simple way of how to promote sustainable tourism. If more people knew about the amazing destinations that are near where they live, more travelers would be willing to explore these, which helps distribute tourists across several destinations more evenly.

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Woman in hammock in El Nido, Palawan

While it is sometimes tempting to pack a lot of destinations in your travel itinerary, consider limiting your vacation to just one area. Staying in one location reduces your carbon emissions since you don’t need to travel from one destination to the next. Booking a holiday in one place also means less time actually traveling and more time exploring, which allows you to spend more time in attractions because your visits aren’t rushed. 

For an even more convenient vacation, you can book Philippine tour packages . Some of these packages already include accommodations and tours, so you can focus on taking in and appreciating the destination itself.

Hand weaver in Zamboanga

Whether you visit Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao tourist spots , you’ll likely find a shop or even roving vendors selling unique and locally made souvenirs. Patronizing these small businesses will not only help the local industry thrive, but the items you will buy will more likely have a smaller carbon footprint compared to those that you can find in big shops since locally made souvenirs don’t need to travel far to reach the customers.

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If you can, visit shops that actually allow tourists to see the production process so you can learn about and understand the local heritage more. In places like Zamboanga City , Vigan , and Baguio , you can visit weaving centers and villages to see how local fabric is made.

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It is also better to buy souvenirs that you will actually use so you can lessen waste and save money. For example, when visiting Laguna tourist spots , it is advisable to drop by Liliw so you can shop for affordable but sturdy slippers and shoes.

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Aerial view of Banol Beach

Banol Beach in Coron, Palawan

Sometimes the products we use on our travels affect the environment negatively. The chemicals on our sunblock and our insect repellant can have chemicals that are harmful to the reefs, the sea, and the rest of the environment. Before your trip, look for sunscreen and insect repellants made from natural ingredients that won’t harm the planet. 

Sand- and water-repelling towels are also good to use when you’re traveling to the best beaches in the Philippines . Bringing home sand stuck to your towel may be just a mild annoyance to you, but put together all the sand travelers accidentally bring home, and you have a beach eroding faster than usual. 

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Check-in gates at the Clark International Airport

Photo by Clark International Airport

What is the aim of sustainable tourism? It is to ultimately protect the environment while also taking into consideration the need of travelers and tourism stakeholders. One of the simplest ways you can help is to ditch the printed itineraries and tickets and go fully digital.

Most airlines and hotels now accept digital copies of itineraries or QR codes, so there’s no reason for you to print out something that you could actually misplace. If you’re worried about not being able to download what you need because of poor or no internet connection, access what you need when you have connectivity and save a screenshot so it becomes available even when you’re offline.

While digital activities also have their own carbon footprint, at least they don’t have a physical output that could eventually end up in the trash. 

Practice Sustainable Tourism in the Philippines

White Beach in Boracay

With the effects of climate change becoming harsher with every passing day, we need to rethink the way we live, and that includes how we travel. We need to understand what is sustainable tourism development and do our part as travelers to help preserve the beauty of our favorite travel destinations. 

Traveling sustainably and responsibly is the only way that we and future generations can keep enjoying all the attractions and the best islands in the Philippines for many years to come.

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DOT extends ‘free accreditation’ for tourism establishments

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday (Feb. 21) announced the extension of its Memorandum Circular (MC) 2022-001 which waives accreditation fees for tourism establishments.

According to Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, the DOT foresees the move as such that would assist tourism enterprises in their recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DOT MC 2022-001 or the Revised Interim Guidelines Governing Applications for Accreditation During The State of Calamity Due to COVID-19 is anchored on the Presidential Proclamation No. 57 s. 2022 which further extended the period of state of calamity in the Philippines until 31 December 2022.

“While the proclamation on the period of state calamity in the country has ended, we at the DOT discern the need to continue, for as long as essential, measures that will support our stakeholders in their process of recouping the devastating losses incurred in the almost three years that the tourism industry was brought to a standstill due to the pandemic,” Secretary Frasco said.

In addition to the waived accreditation fees, the DOT MC 2022-001 contains salient points that were aptly aligned by the Department with the issuances of the national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Among these include the streamlining of documentary requirements for accreditation as well as the conduct of virtual inspections in lieu of physical inspections.

Secretary Frasco noted, however, that pertinent updates were already made to some of the provisions in the Memorandum Circular that the Department released on 24 March 2022.

Additionally, the DOT also targets the resumption of new applications for Star Rating and Premium Accreditation—suspended under Section 6 under the Memorandum Circular—by next month.

Meanwhile, as applications for Basic Registration will remain discontinued, the DOT encourages enterprises with expiring Basic Registration to instead apply for a Regular Accreditation.

Tourism establishments may apply for accreditation online thru the DOT’s Online Accreditation System: https://accreditation.tourism.gov.ph/login

Published:February 23, 2023

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Initiation and establishment of ecotourism development: Pandin Lake of San Pablo City and Tayak Hill of Rizal, Laguna, Philippines

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The Philippines is blessed with an abundance of natural-cultural attractions with an excellent prospect for ecotourism development. Ecotourism has become a key national strategy in promoting local development. Despite this, the country continues to lag behind in ecotourism development as many of its tourism resources in the countryside remain untapped and undeveloped. This situation is exacerbated by the few scholarly discussions on how ecotourism development takes root in a local context. Against this backdrop, the study explores the specifics and dynamics of initiating and establishing ecotourism at the municipal level by looking into the experiences of two localities—Pandin Lake of San Pablo City and Tayak Hill of Rizal Municipality, both in Laguna province of the Philippines. Using a case study design, the article illustrates that in Pandin Lake, the ecotourism development is a locally driven and nongovernmental organisation-inspired initiative, and in Tayak Hill, it is a top-down driven endeavour where the efforts are mainly personal actions of the local executives. In Pandin Lake, the instigating conditions include: the awareness brought about by the save Sampaloc Lake movement; the constraint to aquaculture expansion; the scenic natural beauty of the small lake; and the lack of development-oriented actions by its administrative agencies. In Tayak Hill, the precipitating conditions comprise: the urgent need for instituting a promotional identity for the town and a catalyst for the local socioeconomic development; the advent of a new local government administration that is open to novel development strategies; and the discovery of Tayak Hill as a historical landmark.

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ILOILO CITY -- Potential areas of collaboration between Iloilo and the Department of Tourism (DOT) are in the pipeline, highlighting the booming tourism industry.

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco met with Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas for a courtesy meeting where they tackled partnerships on tourism infrastructure and route development initiatives for Iloilo to attract more visitors.

Frasco was here in Iloilo City on April 5 during the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2023-2028 rollout for the Visayas cluster.

In the agency’s Facebook post, the DOT chief revealed that Iloilo was the “most appropriate venue” to roll out the NTDP, also known as “The Plan,” seeing the bullish prospects that the city and province have in terms of tourism development that are being prioritized by the local government units.

“So, I come here with great admiration for all the initiatives and also with our collective congratulations for your recent designation as a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy,” Secretary Frasco told Mayor Treñas.

To note, Iloilo City’s delectable Ilonggo cuisines, marked by flavors of culture and creativity, paved the way to UNESCO’s recognition as the country’s first Creative City for Gastronomy.  

It is now part of the 350 cities in more than 100 countries listed on the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the fields of crafts and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.

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Frasco also invited Treñas and the city council to attend the hosting of the Philippines to the first United Nations Tourism Regional Gastronomy Forum which will be held in Cebu in June, as the country also boosts its gastronomy tourism portfolio.

For his part, Treñas lauded the efforts of the DOT, saying that “programs of a city or a department can only be implemented successfully if you have good people.”

The rollout of the NDTP, on the other hand, serves as the national government’s blueprint for establishing a Philippine tourism industry that delves into Filipino culture, heritage, and identity in the next five years.

According to DOT, this also functions as a guidebook of the industry on how to put sustainability mechanisms in place, as well as to ensure that the industry is robust and globally competitive.

“In the spirit of President Marcos’ economic aspirations for the Philippines, the NTDP is not just the plan, but a dynamic framework that requires all of us, our active engagement from policymaking to grassroots implementation,” Frasco said.

Inputs from stakeholders across the country, such as the DOT, its offices and attached agencies, other national government offices, various local governments, including those from tourism destinations, private sector representatives from various industry groups, academe, and non-governmental organizations, formed part in the development of the NTDP.  

The plan aims to generate livelihood opportunities for 6.3 million Filipinos by 2028, which is nearly a share of 12.9 percent of the country’s total workforce.

Meanwhile, Iloilo Provincial Governor Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. conveyed his support for the rollout of the NTDP 2023-2028 in the Visayas cluster, quoting that the province is all set to collaborate with the DOT.

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    The Philippine Tourism Satellite Account (PTSA) provides the framework by which the economic contribution of tourism is measured. Using this account, it is possible to quantify the contribution of tourism industry in the economy within the context of the Philippine Systems of National Accounts (PSNA). ... Establishment - defined as an economic ...

  11. Survey of Tourism Establishments in the Philippines 2014

    The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) conducted the 2014 Survey of Tourism Establishments in the Philippines (STEP) second round. This survey collected information on the available supply of tourism goods, products and services, which are valuable inputs in the compilation of the PTSA. The general objective of the 2014 STEP is to provide ...

  12. Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority

    The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority (Filipino: ... The Act supports the establishment of Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs) established to be the centers of tourism development in the country. TIEZA is mandated to designate, regulate and supervise the TEZs established under ...

  13. Tourism Accreditation in the Philippines: Government and ...

    The primary benefits of tourism accreditation in the Philippines are endorsements to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for exemption from liquor ban during election-related events of hotels and restaurants; to embassies and travel trade associations for utilization of establishment's facilities and services; to international and domestic ...

  14. Department of Tourism

    Profile and HistoryIn 1952, through Republic Act No. 710, the Philippine Tourist and Travel Association (PTTA) were created to bring together all organizations and entities that cater to travel and tourism. By 1956 through R.A. 1478, the Board of Travel and Tourist Industry (BTTI) were created under the Department of Commerce and Industry (DCI ...

  15. PDF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9593 CHAPTER I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

    AN ACT DECLARING A NATIONAL POLICY FOR TOURISM AS AN ENGINE OF INVESTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, GROWTH AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND ... Support the establishment of Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs), which will provide ... "Philippine Tourism Authority" (PTA) refers to the existing implementation arm of the ...

  16. Philippines

    The Philippine Tourism Satellite Account (PTSA) provides the framework by which the economic contribution of tourism is measured. Using this account, it is possible to quantify the contribution of tourism industry in the economy within the ... 2014 Survey of Tourism Establishments in the Philippines (STEP)., Tourism, Establishment, Tourism ...

  17. Department of Tourism (Philippines)

    A Philippine Tourism Commission was created under the unified Trade and Tourism Department to oversee the growth of the tourism industry as a source of economic benefit for the country. In 1973, President Ferdinand Marcos created a new cabinet-level Department of Tourism (DOT) by splitting the Department of Trade and Tourism into two separate ...

  18. Hotels and Restaurant (STEP)

    Number of Establishments. Based on the final results of the 2009 Survey of Tourism Establishment in the Philippines (STEP) conducted nationwide, the Philippines had a total of 1,475 accommodation establishments, 665 or 45.1 percent of which had a total employment of 20 and over while the remaining 810 (54.9%) had a total employment of less than 20.

  19. Sustainable Tourism in the Philippines: How to be a Responsible

    2. Stay at eco-friendly hotels and resorts in the Philippines. Photo by El Nido Resorts group. Your choice of accommodations is also another way how to practice sustainable tourism. Staying at some of the best eco-friendly resorts in the Philippines allows you to reduce your carbon footprint when traveling.

  20. DOT extends 'free accreditation' for tourism establishments

    DOT-DOLE 1st Philippine Tourism Job Fair pre-registration now open, more than 7k jobs available to tourism job seekers- Sec. Frasco. September 19, 2022 ... Campaign marking 90th anniversary of Protected Area establishment in the Philippines. May 25, 2022. Read more. Department of Tourism and Mickey Go Philippines introduce Pinoy Mickey Funko ...

  21. Vigan/Laog

    Vigan is the most well-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines. Built-in the 16th century, it is a UNESCO's World Heritage Site, and is a trip back in time to the country's early history. A recent poll voted Vigan one of the seven new wonders of the world. Colonial-era houses, horse-drawn carriages, and Baroque building designs ...

  22. Initiation and establishment of ecotourism development ...

    Tourism's essentiality is evident the contemporary Philippines' economic growth and development. The tourism sector is a key contributor to the domestic economy posting around 12.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, and a reliable source of revenues, foreign exchange earnings, investments, and employment registering steady growth in the last five years (Philippine Statistics ...

  23. Philippine Tourism Authority

    The Philippine Tourism Authority ( Filipino: Pangasiwaang Pilipino sa Turismo ), abbreviated as PTA, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Tourism responsible for implementing policies and programs of the department pertaining to the development, promotion, and supervision of tourism projects in the Philippines.

  24. Tourism chief highlights prospects of collaboration in Iloilo

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