DOT puts premium on health, safety of tourism frontliners

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA) –The Department of Tourism has prioritized the safety, health and welfare of tourism frontliners since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

The tourism chief also stressed, during a press conference held physically in Bacolod City but rendered virtually accessible to other media practitioners, that the health and safety guidelines they have rolled out in the tourism sector all over the country would help the industry bounce back from the losses it has incurred as a result of the pandemic.

“We are confident that the health and safety guidelines are a significant step in helping the tourism industry get back on its feet,” said Puyat.

It will be recalled that DOT has issued a series of guidelines on promoting health and safety especially in tourism-oriented establishments in view of the pandemic.

She also said that DOT has ongoing efforts to support displaced tourism workforce under the DOT-Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) financial assistance of P5, 000 under Bayanihan 2.

As of January 13, 2021, their regional office in Region 6 has endorsed 1,225 tourism enterprises with 45,467 target beneficiaries.

Out of these endorsements, DOLE Region 6 has approved and paid out 10,180 beneficiaries amounting to P50.9 million.

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson joined Secretary Puyat in the press conference.

The top tourism official was in Bacolod City and some parts of Negros Occidental on January 19 to meet with local officials and tourism stakeholders. (JBG/JSC/PIA6 Photo by DOT)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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