Last July 20, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) held its Capability Building Seminar at the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT) Seminar Room in order to provide thorough knowledge and understanding of the functions of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) attached agencies.
Participated mostly by TIEZA personnel, staff, and middle to managerial level heads, the seminar, first of its series, aimed their participants to be acquainted with the total provisions of the National Tourism Policy Act (NTPA) of 2009, the Republic Act (RA) 9593 and its components, and the TIEZA Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
National Tourism Policy Act of 2009 (Republic Act 9593)
The passing of Senate Bill No. 2213, otherwise known as NTPA 2009 (RA 9593) brought changes in the tourism industry. The act declares a “national policy for Tourism as an engine of investment, employment, growth and national development, and strengthening the DOT and its attached agencies to effectively and efficiently implement the policies.” Atty. Mark Evidente, the principal drafter of the NTPA 2009 discussed the structure and functions of the different offices of the DOT and its attached agencies, including the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) which is now the TIEZA and the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) which was changed into the Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) through the provision of the said act. He also emphasized the role of the National Tourism Organization (NTO) and Local Government Units (LGUs) with regard to the participation of the private sector in tourism projects and initiatives.
TIEZA and the Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs)
Since its creation in 1973 through Presidential Decree 564, TIEZA (formerly PTA) has been mandated to designate and supervise the Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs), a strategic location that is capable of sustaining socio-economic development and has historical and cultural significance, natural beauty or existing integrated leisure facilities. AIT Faculty members Mr. Carlos Libosada and Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr., also the new chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), gave their respective lectures about the classification of TEZs and various types of sustainable Tourism products.
In relation to this, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) provided the attendees with information on the TEZ Administration and Governance, Labor and Management Relations and Environmental Policies and Regulations. Incentives Administration, a component under RA 9593 was given emphasis during the lecture.
Meanwhile, Col. Andrew Nocon, Chair of the Southern Tagalog Tourism Council gave a short lecture on the role of LGUs on TEZ governance.
TIEZA Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)
Aside from lectures with discussions and film showings, group discussions regarding the TIEZA IRR were also conducted, in which the outputs were presented to the participants. (Alethea Bravo)