DAGUPAN CITY â€“ The Department of Tourism regional office conducted mobile accreditation for the different tourist-oriented establishments like restaurants, spa, MICE facility, tourist transport groups and hotels as the city celebrates National Tourism Week on September 7 at the city museum.
At least 27 business establishments engaged in tourism business sought accreditation on the spot conducted by the DOT. The accreditation was facilitated by the City Tourism Office.
City Tourism Officer Sharon Maramba, disclosed that the accreditation will help the owners and operators of the tourism establishments operating in the city upgrade the quality of their services according to market standards and requirement by the DOT for them to be more competitive.
â€œThis is aside from the promotion and exposure that they will get once their establishment is included in the list of the DOT,â€ said Maramba.
With the mobile accreditation, establishment owners need not go to the regional office of DOT in San Fernando City, La Union for accreditation â€œthus saving their time and money,” said Maramba.
The accreditation is among the many activities lined up by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez in bringing the city to a new level of growth as Dagupan gears to be the â€œNext Wave Cityâ€ in the Philippines.
Aside from the mobile accreditation, the City Tourism Office also scheduled a seminar on September 23 and 24 for would-be tourist drivers including the tricycle drivers, along with personnel of the City Action Service Team (CAST) and the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) at the city museum.
â€œThis is acknowledging the role of the transport groups as the cityâ€™s front liners in promoting the city tourist destination and in bringing the cityâ€™s tourism industry in a new level,â€ said Maramba.
On September 17, the City Tourism office will also facilitate a one-day coastal clean-up drive at Tondaligan Blue Beach.
Expected to join the clean-up drive are the members of the Girls Scout of the Philippines, Boys Scouts of the Philippines, the students of the different universities and colleges, the personnel of the CAST and the Waste Management Division of the city, among others. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Sept. 7, 2016)