Issue of June 9, 2019
Mt. Province

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DOT orients groups on accreditation
by Francis B. Degay

SAGADA, Mountain Province – The departments of Tourism, Trade and Industry, and Interior and Local Government oriented tourism establishment operators here on the benefits they could derive if they are accredited by the DOT. 

Angela Fagutao of DOT-CAR discussed the tourism situation in the region, requirements in the accreditation system of the DOT, and non-monetary benefits if accredited.

Among the non-fiscal incentives of accredited establishments are inclusion of company profile in the official DOT website and subsidized human resource development seminars.

The establishments could be endorsed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for the grant of certificate of public conveyances for tourist land transport of accredited tourist land transport companies and endorsement of tourist infrastructure projects to the Board of Investments or Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

They could also enjoy tax holidays on real property and income taxes and be endorsed to the Metro Manila Development Authority for exemption from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or the number coding scheme and to the LTFRB for exemption from regular franchising process for accredited accommodation establishments to use a maximum of two shuttle service vehicles dedicated for free use of house guests and customers.

Accredited establishments could also be endorsed to the Department of Foreign Affairs for the grant of accreditation as preferred travel agents servicing passport-seeking clients and to international and domestic airports for issuance of access pass to qualified personnel for operators and accommodation establishments to meet and assist arriving/departing guests.

Accredited tour operators and tour guides could be endorsed to the Commission on Higher Education with regards to engagement of transportation, accommodation, and tour guide service to students participating in educational tours and field trips, endorsement to the Commission on Elections for exemption from the liquor ban during the election, and issuance of ID cards to bona fide employees of accredited establishments.

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