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ROMULO-PUYAT: PALAWAN EYES RESUMPTION OF TOURISM IN 3 TOWNS

Palawan is eyeing the resumption of tourism activities in the towns of El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente once safety and health protocols have been set in place in the province. There is no specific date yet as to when the three municipalities will start accepting tourists, but Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said a “dry […]

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ROMULO-PUYAT HAILS REACTIVATION OF PNP TOURIST PROTECTION PROGRAM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat hailed the reactivation of the tourist police units, saying it would hasten the tourism industry’s recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Puyat’s statement came after Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, announced that the Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOPCOP) would be revived in areas […]

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DOT EYES ‘TRAVEL BUBBLES’ FOR PH TOURISM – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at using travel corridors or “travel bubbles” for the country’s tourism market once restrictions have relaxed and protocols are in place. These corridors would allow the reopening of Philippine tourism destinations with zero coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases to foreign tourists from infection-free nations, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat […]

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DOT SETS RESTAURANT ‘NEW NORMAL’ CUSTOMER CAPACITY TO 50% – ROMULO-PUYAT

The maximum seating capacity at restaurants has been reduced to 50 percent under the “new normal.” The Department of Tourism (DOT) issued memorandum circular 2020-004, which outlines the protocols for operations of DOT-accredited restaurants covering their areas of management, set-up, employees, and customers. Under the memorandum circular, restaurants are required to monitor the health status […]

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DOT PROMOTES ‘DIGITAL TOURISM’ – ROMULO-PUYAT

With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic now forcing people to observe physical distancing and isolation, most work and leisure activities are now being done online.  As the health crisis continues to evolve and in anticipation of other challenges, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agencies are making sure that Philippine tourism remains […]

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DOT ASSISTS OVER 35,000 TOURISTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) commits to sustain the Filipino brand of hospitality and service to stranded tourists amid the community quarantine brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This, after stranded foreign tourists and their respective embassies commended the DOT for the assistance it had provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We welcome […]

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WE ARE ALL GOING TO ACCEPT THE NEW NORMAL IN TRAVEL – ROMULO-PUYAT

The tourism scene in the Philippines will be “vastly different” once travel activities will again be allowed as part of post-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) measures, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. The “new normal” would involve enforced health security standards for both tourists and personnel, including the “re-training” of tourism workers, Romulo-Puyat stressed.  In a Go […]

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OVER 155,000 TOURISM SECTOR EMPLOYEES GET WAGE SUBSIDY – ROMULO-PUYAT

A total of 155,672 employees from 4,290 tourism-related enterprises affected by the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis have received their cash assistance under the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBSW) program of the Department of Finance (DOF), Social Security System (SSS), and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as of May 4. Since March, the […]

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PH COMMITS TO ASEAN REGIONAL TOURISM COOPERATION AMID COVID-19 – ROMULO-PUYAT

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to regional tourism cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the road to recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “More than ever, we are banking on the unity of the tourism industry to ensure that we will together endure […]

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DOT TO IMPLEMENT POLICIES, PROGRAMS FOR NEW NORMAL AFTER COVID-19 CRISIS – ROMULO-PUYAT

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat has outlined the steps toward a new normal for the Philippine tourism industry in the aftermath of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. During a virtual hearing of the House Committee on Tourism, Romulo-Puyat said the department will be implementing policies and programs to “adapt to the new normal” for […]