DOT Slates Inter-agency Meet on Tourism Measures

22 June 2018

TOURISM Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Friday, June 22, 2018, hosts an inter-agency meeting with top officials of at least four Cabinet departments to tackle comprehensive measures to sustain tourism growth.

Puyat points out that it is imperative to fully engage the other agencies concerned with the implementation of the objectives of the National Tourism Development Plan for 2017-2022 through tourism infrastructure to increase air connectivity, improve accessibility to tourist sites, boost cruise tourism, and facilitate visitor arrival-departure experience at the country’s international airports.


Among those expected to attend are Sec. Arthur Tugade, Department of Transportation (DOTr); Sec. Mark Villar, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Sec. Menardo Guevara, the Department of Justice (DOJ); officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) under DOJ; and Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, Bureau of Customs (BOC) under Department of Finance (DOF).


“At this point, we need to roll up our sleeves and take the bull by the horns. But in doing so, the DOT enjoins the other agencies under the Office of the President for the needed support to accomplish the task at hand thus the scheduled meeting of minds,” says Puyat.

She also emphasizes that a strong convergence strategy needs to address the concerns of international and domestic visitors but also benefits for stakeholders, such as the airlines, cruise ship companies and transport service providers.


The DOT chief says the gathering will discuss wide array of measures with the respective agencies concerned, including:

  • Improvement of arrival/departure experience at NAIA and other international gateways

  • Improvement and expansion of secondary airports, including installation of night landing system

  • Hosting of Routes Asia 2019 in Cebu

  • Incentives for airlines flying to secondary international gateways

  • Development of purpose-built cruise terminal in Manila

  • Visa Upon Arrival (VUA) privilege for certain markets

  • Development of Access Roads and directional signs leading to tourist destinations.