The Department of Tourism (DOT) has struck a partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Tourism Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) to strengthen tourism education and skills training in the Philippines.
During a virtual signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 5, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted how the collaboration would enhance the tourism education and training in the country, through the standardization of instruction.
“Through the signing of this MOU, we can work towards the strengthening of industry-led education and training, which will standardize academic and practical instructions with the end result of producing world-class tourism professionals,” shared Puyat.
Vocational and technical education, including tourism education, will be incorporated in the junior and senior public high school curricula in order to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for different industries.
“We hope that this convergence will pave the way to a seamless transition from Senior High School to Higher Education, ensuring that our students are ready when they enter the industry,” said Puyat.
The MOU also allows DOT to foster partnerships with other agencies and companies so as to strengthen tourism education under the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2016 to 2022, and the delivery of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (ASEAN MRA-TP).
Under the NTDP, tourism infrastructure such as transportation networks will be built and should promote sustainability.
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