Public warned vs fake DOT-accredited establishments

MANILA — The Department of Tourism Region-VI (DOT-VI) on Wednesday warned the public against tourism establishments in Western Visayas that pretend to be accredited under the department.

“The public is forewarned to be vigilant in engaging transactions with non-DOT-accredited establishments in Western Visayas,” DOT-VI Director Helen Catalbas said in a statement.

Catalbas said the warning came after the department received various reports of tourism entities participating in activities including solicitation of any sort, under the DOT-VI.

“The Department of Tourism Region VI reminds the public to deal only with DOT-accredited establishments bearing Accreditation ID, Accreditation Sticker and Accreditation Certificate,” she added.

She also urged the public to reach the DOT Region VI Office through telephone numbers (033) 503 2705 / 335 0245 / 337 5411 for verification.

Meanwhile, the office is also planning to roll out a Tourism Guidebook to serve as reference and guide in the local government units’ tourism planning activities.

The book contains the guide in formulating tourism development plans and supplemental readings to understand the various tourism concepts and tourism planning processes better.

Before the release of the guidebook, there will be an orientation/workshop for tourism officers and planning officers in preparing and developing tourism plans and projects for their respective destinations.

Catalbas is optimistic that the guidebook will help local government units to formulate better tourism plans and pursue more relevant projects and activities that will benefit the communities.

“This roll out of tourism guidebook is timely as most of the tourism officers in the LGUs are newly-designated/appointed,” Catalbas said. Azer Parrocha/