The core of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) five-year industry workforce development plan is developing competent, world-class Filipino tourism professionals through the education system.
In the previous months, the DOT conducted a national consultation, situational analysis, and focus group discussions with participants from different tourism industry sub-sectors, local government units, government agencies, and the academe all across the Philippines.
The discussions covered Education Tourism as a tourism product offering, industry linkages and partnerships, research and innovation, standards review and development, implementation of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangements for Tourism Professionals, and other programs.
“We aim to develop competent, world-class Filipino tourism professionals through a harmonized education system and strong tourism industry linkages and collaboration. Together, these factors will lead us toward attaining sustainable and inclusive national socio-economic development,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
Sec. Puyat led the virtual launching, and the DOT laid the groundwork for the country’s tourism workforce to launch the Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Plan (PTHCD) for 2021 - 2025.
In the virtual launch, she also apprises the plan to ensure the steady supply of trained workforce and address challenges facing tourism human capital development.
The Republic Act 9593, also known as the Tourism Act of 2009, states that the DOT is mandated to draft an industry workforce development plan every five years. Therefore, the PTHCD continues the Philippine Tourism Human Resource Development Strategy and Action Plan for 2015-2020.
In the launch, Sec. Puyat was joined by Department of Education (DepEd) Director Jocelyn Andaya, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Certification Office Executive Director Maria Susan Dela Rama, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) OIC-Chief Standards Development Division Aline Magalong, and Tourism Industry Board Foundation Incorporated (TIBFI) chair Ma. Christina Aquino.
“In view of the challenges and opportunities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, this updated PTHCD comes at a most critical time. The retooling, reskilling, and upskilling of the tourism workforce will all be crucial as the industry prepares to reopen and recover, and will be among the most important steps in our journey towards the better normal,” Puyat added.