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February 29, 2024

DOT, DICT to improve internet connectivity in 94 tourist destinations

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The ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) held at the DOT office on December 20 led by Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and Secretary Ivan John Uy, and witnessed by their respective undersecretaries and other key officials.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has signed on December 20 a partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in a bid to introduce and further improve internet connectivity in 94 identified tourist destinations across the country, and digitalize tourism services nationwide.

Frasco said this partnership with the DICT is part of the fulfillment of the President’s vision for tourism to become a pillar for economic development as the Department is pursuing, at the same time, the recovery of the pandemic-hit sector.

“Our push for digitalization and connectivity will allow Philippine tourism to finally take a primary role in the ASEAN and the globe. This will propel us to even greater numbers than we have already achieved thus far,” the tourism chief said.

According to Frasco, the DOT has identified 94 tourist destinations that include Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol, and Siargao while emerging and lesser-known destinations will be their priority.

”This itself fulfills another objective under the Marcos administration for tourism and that is to equalize tourism promotion and development because not only will it give opportunities for key destinations to continue to open for development, but also allow even the most far-flung tourist destinations and local government units opportunities to be heralded to the world as a viable tourism destination,” she stressed.

DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said that the partnership project will also look at the proper connectivity intervention per destination, whether fiber optics or satellites will be installed, as well as the security of the equipment.

“From the DICT perspective, we want to help all of the departments, all of the departments to be utilized, get the services out in a more effective, more efficient, less redundant manner,” Uy said.

Frasco noted that the collaboration was part of the DOT’s goal to fully digitize all manners of tourist transactions and integrate them into one system to further entice tourists, both foreign and local, to tour around the country seamlessly.She also believes that having an improved internet connectivity will further boost the gains of the tourism sector that has contributed greatly to the countrY’s Gross Domestic Product over the years next to trade.

“Truly, there is no innovative tourism program that does not involve internet communications technology and that is why this convergence expands through many aspects of tourism development,” she added.


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