A local government unit has ordered tourism-oriented establishments to be accredited with the Department of Tourism (DOT). This means, when renewing business permits, such establishments must acquire accreditation from DOT-Region VI. Such establishments include travel agencies; tour agencies; tourist transport operator; and tour guides; along with organizers, facilities, and venues for meetings, incentive travel, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE). Meanwhile, accommodation establishments include hotels, resorts, apartment hotels, and homestays.
It is amusing seeing owners of such establishments neither respecting or believing in the importance of DOT accreditation. However, they may not have a full understanding of the process as it only costs a few hundred pesos for fill accreditation. Similarly, localities must exercise the regulatory process much like the issuance of health certificate permits by local health office.
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As stated in a column published last month, “Visitors to Bacolod City know the locality is famous for various culinary delights. However, what surprised many visitors was the unsanitary conditions of toilets are various establishments.” Some places lack enough water to properly flush, do not provide toilet paper, or have dirty floor.
It is time for owners of establishments with common toilets to employ a proper maintenance staff to keep toilets sanitary. There are many spots in Bacolod City with dirty toilets and the City Health Office does not care.
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Travelers also complained to me about ferry vessel failing to maintain their toilets, along with those at terminals and at Bacolod-Silay Airport－NEVER refer to a toilet as a “comfort room” unless it adheres to basic hygienic and sanitary standards.
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This column greets Tony Agustin, Johanna Alunan, May Castro, Nep Grandea, Franklin Demonteverde, Johnny Uy, Gerry Ong, William Ong, Bobby Tee, Dan Atayde, Tony Jimenez, Rey Pabon, Roxan Oquendo, and Novo Torres /WDJ