Department of Tourism (Philippines)
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The Department of Tourism (DOT; Filipino
Filipino language
This move has drawn much criticism from other regional groups.In 1987, a new constitution introduced many provisions for the language.Article XIV, Section 6, omits any mention of Tagalog as the basis for Filipino, and states that:...

: Kagawaran ng Turismo) is the executive department
Executive Departments of the Philippines
The Executive departments of the Philippines is the largest component of the national executive branch of the government of the Philippines. There are a total of nineteen executive departments. The departments comprise the largest part of the country's bureaucracy...

 of the Philippine government
Politics of the Philippines
The Politics of the Philippines takes place in an organized framework of a presidential, representative, and democratic republic whereby the president is both the head of state and the head of government within a pluriform multi-party system...

 responsible for the regulation of the Philippine tourism
Tourism
Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes".Tourism has become a...

 industry and the promotion of the Philippines as a tourist destination
Tourist destination
A tourist destination is a city, town, or other area that is dependent to a significant extent on the revenues accruing from tourism. It may contain one or more tourist attractions and possibly some "tourist traps."...

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Started as a private initiative to promote the Philippines as a major travel destination, the Philippine Tourist & Travel Association was organized in 1950. In 1956, the Board of Travel and Tourist Industry was created by Philippine Congress.
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The Department of Tourism (DOT; Filipino
Filipino language
This move has drawn much criticism from other regional groups.In 1987, a new constitution introduced many provisions for the language.Article XIV, Section 6, omits any mention of Tagalog as the basis for Filipino, and states that:...

: Kagawaran ng Turismo) is the executive department
Executive Departments of the Philippines
The Executive departments of the Philippines is the largest component of the national executive branch of the government of the Philippines. There are a total of nineteen executive departments. The departments comprise the largest part of the country's bureaucracy...

 of the Philippine government
Politics of the Philippines
The Politics of the Philippines takes place in an organized framework of a presidential, representative, and democratic republic whereby the president is both the head of state and the head of government within a pluriform multi-party system...

 responsible for the regulation of the Philippine tourism
Tourism
Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes".Tourism has become a...

 industry and the promotion of the Philippines as a tourist destination
Tourist destination
A tourist destination is a city, town, or other area that is dependent to a significant extent on the revenues accruing from tourism. It may contain one or more tourist attractions and possibly some "tourist traps."...

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History

Started as a private initiative to promote the Philippines as a major travel destination, the Philippine Tourist & Travel Association was organized in 1950. In 1956, the Board of Travel and Tourist Industry was created by Philippine Congress. As stipulated in the Integrated Reorganization Plan in 1972 sanctioned as a law under Presidential Decree No. 1, as amended, the Department of Trade and Tourism was established, reorganizing the then Department of Commerce and Industry. A Philippine Tourism Commission was created under the unified Trade and Tourism Department to oversee the growth of the tourism industry as a source of economic benefit for the country. Then in 1973, President Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos, Sr. was a Filipino leader and an authoritarian President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives and a member of the Philippine Senate...

 created a new cabinet-level Department of Tourism (DOT) by splitting the Department of Trade and Tourism into two separate departments. Included in the new Department of Tourism, the agency Philippine Tourism Authority
Philippine Tourism Authority
The Philippine Tourism Authority , abbreviated as PTA, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Tourism responsible for implementing policies and programs of the department pertaining to the development, promotion, and supervision of tourism projects in the...

 (PTA) and the Philippine Convention Bureau (PCB) were created. The Department of Tourism was then renamed Ministry of Tourism as result of the shift in the form of government as enshrined in the amendments to the 1973 Constitution.

Then in 1986, under Executive Order Numbers 120 and 120-A signed by President Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first woman to hold that office in Philippine history. She is best remembered for leading the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines...

, now the Department of Tourism was reorganized and the Philippine Convention Bureau was renamed as Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation. In 1998, the Department of Tourism was one of the main offices of the government responsible for the culmination of the centennial celebrations of Philippine Independence from Spain.

In 2002, the Department of Tourism initiated one of its most successful tourism promotion project, Visit Philippines 2003, under Secretary Richard J. Gordon
Richard Gordon (politician)
Richard "Dick" Juico Gordon is a Filipino politician and broadcaster who currently serves as the chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross....

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The latest improvements in the tourism industry in the country came about with the passage of Republic Act No. 9593 or the "Tourism Act of 2009." The law provides a new structure for the administration of tourism in the country through the reorganization of the Department and its attached agencies, the establishment of a Tourism Development Fund, and the creation of specialized tourism zones throughout the country.

Organization of the Department

Under the Tourism Act of 2009 and its implementing rules and regulations, the Department is composed of the following operating units:
  • Office of Product Development
  • Office of Tourism Development Planning, Research and Information Management
  • Office of Industry Manpower Development
  • Office of Tourism Standards
  • Office of Tourism Coordination
  • Office of Tourism Resource Generation
  • Office of Special Concerns
  • Financial and Management Service
  • Administrative Affairs Service
  • Legal Affairs Service
  • Internal Audit Service
  • Legislative Liaison Unit
  • Regional and Foreign Offices


The attached agencies and corporations of the Department include:
  • Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) (formerly Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA))
  • Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC)
  • Tourism Promotions Board (formerly Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC))
  • Intramuros Administration (IA)
  • National Parks Development Committee (NPDC)
  • Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF)
  • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)
  • Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD)

Tourism projects

  • Visit Islands Philippines 1994
  • Miss Universe
    Miss Universe
    Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. The pageant is the most publicized beauty contest in the world with 600 million viewers....

     Beauty Pageant 1994
  • Florikultura '98 - international horticulture exhibition
  • Expo Pilipino 1998 - Philippine Centennial International Exposition
  • 1998 Philippine Centennial Celebrations
  • World Exposition 2002 Manila (cancelled due to financial problems of the government) http://www.newsflash.org/199806/hl/hl000712.htm
  • Visit Philippines 2003
  • WOW (World Of Wonders) Philippines
  • "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" slogan and campaign 2010

List of Secretaries of Tourism

Name Term Began Term Ended President
Jose Antonio Gonzales March 1986 June 30, 1987 Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first woman to hold that office in Philippine history. She is best remembered for leading the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines...

Rafael Alunan III July 1, 1987 June 30, 1989
Narzalina Z. Lim July 1, 1989 June 30, 1992
Vicente Carlos July 1, 1992 1996 Fidel Ramos
Evelyn B. Pantig * 1996 1996
Guillermina T. Gabor May 19, 1996 June 30, 1998
Gemma Cruz-Araneta  June 30, 1998 January 20, 2001 Joseph Estrada
Joseph Estrada
Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada was the 13th President of the Philippines, serving from 1998 until 2001. Estrada was the first person in the Post-EDSA era to be elected both to the presidency and vice-presidency.Estrada gained popularity as a film actor, playing the lead role in over 100 films in...

Richard J. Gordon
Richard Gordon (politician)
Richard "Dick" Juico Gordon is a Filipino politician and broadcaster who currently serves as the chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross....

 
January 20, 2001 January 2004 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga...

Robert Dean Barbers * January 2004 February 2004
Roberto M. Pagdanganan  February 2004 September 2005
Joseph Ace H. Durano  September 2005 June 30, 2010
Alberto Lim
Alberto Lim
Alberto Lim was a former Philippine Secretary of Tourism. On June 29, 2010, President Benigno Aquino III picked him as his Secretary of Tourism...

 
June 30, 2010 August 31, 2011 Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III , also known as Noynoy Aquino or PNoy, is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th and current President of the Philippines since June 2010....

Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. September 1, 2011 Present


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