DOT 10 Holds Regional Tourism Crisis Management Symposium

12 October 2018

Resource Speaker Mr. Eugene Boco tackling the topic on Emergency Management in the Tourism Industry

CAGAYAN DE ORO - Considering that the tourism industry relies on the economic impact of the marketed destinations, it is important to identify hazards and risks and consider their implications on tourism facilities and the economic sector as a whole.

 

The Department of Tourism has embarked on a crisis-management program that would help the tourism industry manage and respond to concerns of businesses and tourists during periods of instability, such as national disasters and socio-economic political developments.  The program was bared during the 1st Tourism Crisis Management Symposium held in December 2017 with DOT’s multi-sectoral partners, including representatives from the Philippine National Police, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Red Cross, other government agencies, local government units and tourism industry associations.

 

To ensure the safety and convenience of travel of local and foreign tourists around the country, DOT has deemed imperative the determination of risks, hazards and threats to the tourism sector and industry at the regional level through a series of regional symposiums on tourism crisis management that would allow the multi-stakeholder regional participants to plan out though a workshop for the prevention and mitigation of the identified risks, hazards and threats and the formulation of a regional tourism crisis management plan.

The Department of Tourism - Region 10 held the Regional Tourism Crisis Management Symposium on October 12, 2018, at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. The symposium was attended by the tourism stakeholders from both the private and government sector.

 

Among the topics discussed were: Understanding Crisis Management and the Tourism Industry, and Situational Awareness, as facilitated by Mr. Henry Teodoro M. Hernia; Emergency Management in the Tourism Industry, facilitated by Mr. Eugene Boco; and, a workshop on drafting an Emergency Management Plan, facilitated by Mr. Ibarra "Bombing" C. Gutierrez.

PUKSA, a crisis management program tailored to the tourism industry, was also introduced in the symposium by Ms. Carolyn Gabriel. It will become a continuing cycle of establishing systems and procedures to be used in combating risk factors identified as PESTE: Political turmoil, Economic instabilities, Social disturbances, Technological attacks and Environmental hazards.