9 new groups to benefit from tourism program

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) XI has signed a memorandum of agreement with nine groups that are identified as beneficiaries of the tourism industry skills program.

 Tourism Regional Director Roberto P. Alabado III said that the nine groups include a consortium, 4 civil society organizations and 4 hotels and resorts.

 Employees of the groups will undergo trainings identified so their skills will be enhanced, said Alabado last week. “The beauty of this program is it seeks to address the need of the private sector,” he said, pointing out that unlike in other programs, it is the beneficiaries that identify their needs in terms of training.

 Under this programs, groups submit proposals to the agency, identifying the skills that they want their workers to be trained in. The applications that are granted receive about P5 million each in training activities.

 Under the setup, small and medium enterprises are identified as priority sector in the training.

 The program took off from the initial run in 2013 which was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through a training grant from the Canadian International Development Agency. The initial fund for the program, which ended in 2016, was at $7.1 million.

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