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Published on : Monday, June 26, 2017
As we can’t pretend that our political leadership cannot abolish the tourism department anytime soon, we might make sure at the same time that those who are now acting as if to show the way it are able to do some good.
We need a comprehensive plan. And I am not surprised we have such a plan… We are very good in scheduling plans as if drafting plans is an end in itself. Certainly, we have an update of a preceding plan done to be implemented.
However, none of the tourism top brass is actually aware about it. Some may not have even read that plan… Good amount of money was spent over the years on drafting such plans, but government officials considering what they are, nothing actually gets implemented in reality.
So, the next question that you might ask, what the Duterte appointed tourism officials are doing? They are actually acting to be busy. They are trying hard to pull up the tourism visitor numbers along with boosting the tourism visitor numbers of other countries as well with their frequent trips abroad… apparently to endorse our tourism program, as if they have one.
Kasi naman, President Duterte didn’t think much about this industry and he selected people who are incapable of delivering on the mandates of the department. A Pinoy reporter was said to have approached Cesar Montano in New York hoping to ask him some direct questions about tourism. He declined and offered to sing instead.