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DOT chief to conduct ‘listening tours’ across Philippines

Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star
DOT chief to conduct âlistening toursâ across Philippines
Frasco said the listening tours would be part of her strategy to connect with stakeholders, to push for shared tourism governance in a bid to spur the tourism industry’s recovery.
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MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco will be conducting “listening tours” across the country in a bid to employ a shared tourism governance approach.

In a statement, Frasco said the listening tours would be part of her strategy to connect with stakeholders, to push for shared tourism governance in a bid to spur the tourism industry’s recovery.

The newly designated chief of the Department of Tourism said she would listen to the challenges being faced by regional offices and stakeholders across the country.

“The objective being to be at the front and center of the prevailing issues that need to be addressed and to craft solutions that will ensure the full rehabilitation and recovery of the tourism industry,” she added.

Frasco underscored the importance of getting to know the challenges on the ground to have effective solutions.

“I am fully aware of the service and the sacrifice of our frontliners not only in health, not only in the executive branch of the government, in the local government units, but also in the Department of Tourism… The work had to continue if only to ensure that our brothers and sisters whose livelihood depend on tourism would be shielded from the economic impact that the pandemic has left in its wake,” she said.

This will help the industry be one of the “major economic pillars for the Philippines,” as viewed by President Marcos, according to the tourism secretary.

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