Set­back seen

Group says reshuf­fling of tourism reg'l di­rec­tors to af­fect pro­grams

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - By Jen­nie P. Arado

THE reshuf­fling of the tourism re­gional di­rec­tors to other re­gions and other sec­tors of the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) will af­fect the smooth en­force­ment of ear­lier planned tourism-re­lated pro­grams, said a tourism as­so­ci­a­tion based in Davao.

In a state­ment re­leased by the Guides Union of In­bound Des­ti­na­tion and Eco-tourism (Guide Davao), they ex­pressed con­cern over the or­der signed by Tourism Sec­re­tary Wanda Teo which as­signs Tourism Davao Re­gional Di­rec­tor Robby Alabado III to head Med­i­cal Tourism as well as 25 other re­gional di­rec­tors as­signed to dif­fer­ent re­gions and as­sign­ments in the sec­tor.

“The re­cent de­vel­op­ment of reshuf­fling the tourism re­gional di­rec­tors by the Of­fice of the Depart­ment of Tourism has cre­ated a dilemma among lo­cal stake­hold­ers with re­gards to the pro­grams that were al­ready cre­ated. There are reser­va­tions as to how those pro­grams that were painstak­ingly planned and or­ga­nized un­der the guid­ance and en­cour­age­ment of the past re­gional di­rec­tors will be im­ple­mented by the cur­rent ap­pointees,” said Guide Davao’s of­fi­cial state­ment.

Fur­ther, they also showed con­cern over how the tourism plans would ef­fec­tively and smoothly be im­ple­mented as the new re­gional di­rec­tor was not in­volved in the plan­ning since the beginning and would still need to learn the nu­ances of Davao Tourism.

This state­ment was also what City Tourism

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