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DOT-Bicol urges private, business sectors to apply for accreditation to receive incentives

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 5 highlighted the relevance of various stakeholders in the development of the tourism industry in Bicol Region.

DOT Bicol Regional Director Benjamin Santiago particularly identified the roles of private and business sectors in tourism industry as he urged them to apply for DOT’s accreditation.

Santiago said this during a Tourism-Oriented Private Stakeholders Orientation and Organization meeting at the La Piaza Hotel and Convention Center in Legazpi City.

“You put money to where tourism should be,” Santiago said as he urged the more than 150 stakeholders, mostly owners of hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and other tourism-related businesses, to capitalize on the potential of tourism investments in Bicol.

The Tourism department also presented the the Tourism Development Plan for Bicol and the other investment opportunities “waiting to be explored.”

“It also presented a briefing on the DOT’s Progressive Accreditation System under RA 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009 that mandates establishments to be registered or accredited by the Department,” the province said.

According to the provincial government, once stakeholders are accredited, why can enjoy “fiscal and non-monetary benefits including free trainings, a Seal of Good Housekeeping, improved competitiveness and easy access to technical services.”