Philippines' Tourism Secretary Provides Accident Insurance to Central Luzon Tour Guides

Philippines' Tourism Secretary Ma. Esperanza Christina G. Frasco provides P2.55 million worth of accident insurance coverage to tour guides in five Central Luzon provinces. The Department of Tourism also signs partnership agreements to prepare for the MICE Conference and trains over 127,000 workers in the industry.

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Philippines' Tourism Secretary Provides Accident Insurance to Central Luzon Tour Guides

Philippines' Tourism Secretary Provides Accident Insurance to Central Luzon Tour Guides

Philippines' Tourism Secretary Ma. Esperanza Christina G. Frasco has rolled out P2.55 million worth of accident insurance coverage for tour guides in five provinces in Central Luzon, including Pampanga, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, and Tarlac. The insurance coverage was personally funded by Secretary Frasco.

Why this matters: This initiative highlights the importance of supporting frontline workers in the tourism industry, who are crucial to promoting local destinations and preserving cultural heritage. By providing accident insurance coverage, the government can help ensure the well-being and safety of these workers, which can have a positive impact on the overalltourism sector.

The beneficiaries of the insurance coverage and tour guiding kits include the Porac Tour Guides Association, Guides Alliance Bulacan at Your Service, Bataan Peninsula Tour Guides Association, Eco Tour Guides Association of San Luis Aurora, City of San Fernando, Pampanga Tour Guides, Accredited Guides Association of Pampanga, Bulacan Tour Guides, and Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan Tour Guides.

Secretary Frasco acknowledged the crucial role of tour guides as frontliners in promoting local destinations and preserving the country's rich culture, heritage, and history. She emphasized that while there are government programs in place, they do not provide accident insurance coverage for these frontliners.

As a personal and humble gift, Secretary Frasco offered the free accident insurance coverage to the tour guides, stating, "Batid ko po na sa linya ng ating trabaho, may mga aksidente o 'di inaasahang pangyayari. Pero in my research of the government programs that we have at present (in the DOT) and our budget as well, it does not allow accident insurance coverage para sa ating mga frontliners. Kaya po as a personal and humble gift to all of you, meron po tayong handog na libreng accident insurance para sa ating mga frontliners" (I know that in our line of work, there are accidents or unexpected events. But in my research of the government programs that we have at present and our budget as well, it does not allow accident insurance coverage for our frontliners. So, as a personal and humble gift to all of you, we have a free accident insurance gift for our frontliners).

The Department of Tourism (DoT) also signed partnership agreements with eight sectoral partners to prepare Central Luzon's industrial and business districts for hosting the anticipated MICE Conference on July 10-12 this year. Through its Office of Industry Manpower Development, the DoT managed to train over 127,000 workers last year and aims to train 150,000 workers this year. As of May 10, there are around 5,500 tourism frontliners, with 2,152 from the accommodation sector, 1,506 from the academe, and 1,204 from the local government units in Central Luzon.

In related news, Clark International Airport (CRK) won the Routes Asia Marketing Awards 2024 after handling nearly two million passengers in 2023. Secretary Frasco expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the tour guides and stakeholders, stating, "Nais kong ipahayag ang aking lubos na pasasalamat sa inyong lahat sa pagsama sa amin ngayon sa pinakamahalagang okasyong ito na napapanahon din dahil ito ang ika-51 anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag ng Department of Tourism" (I want to express my utmost gratitude to all of you for joining us today on this important occasion, which coincides with the 51st anniversary of the Department of Tourism).

Key Takeaways

  • Philippines' Tourism Secretary provides P2.55 million worth of accident insurance to 51 tour guides in 5 Central Luzon provinces.
  • Insurance coverage aims to support frontline workers in the tourism industry and promote local destinations.
  • Tour guides from 9 associations in Pampanga, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, and Tarlac benefit from the initiative.
  • Department of Tourism signs partnership agreements to prepare Central Luzon for the MICE Conference on July 10-12.
  • Clark International Airport wins Routes Asia Marketing Awards 2024 after handling nearly 2 million passengers in 2023.