Tourism Module: Tourism Guidelines during COVID-19

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Rizal Provincial Office recently steered another free webinar featuring “Tourism Guidelines during COVID-19” as part of the CHAMPS Season 3 specialized-track modules. This was held on July 20, 2022, Wednesday via the Zoom application and Facebook Live.

Ms. Sharon F. Dioco, DTI Rizal Business Development Division Chief, opened the day’s activity by delivering a welcoming remark to the participants. Ms. Dioco shared her insights on the importance of following the safety protocols supervised by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to lessen the widespread of the Corona Virus among all business establishments, and more importantly, those in the tourism sector. She also thanked the surprising number of participants who graced the said activity.

Afterward, Mr. Llamasares presented the house rules of the webinar, together with the impending activities of DTI-Rizal for MSMEs in the coming days. He also introduced the speaker for the day’s session—Ms. Jhera San Valentin, Senior Tourism Operations Officer from the Department of Tourism – 4A.

Screen capture of the attendees of Tourism Module: Tourism Guidelines during COVID-19

The module was discussed by Ms. San Valentin. She explained restaurant management, which covers the configuration and set-up of employees, employers, and customers concerning their service. Other restaurant procedures such as food delivery, store sanitation, disinfection, and safety measures were also discussed. She followed the rules for the accommodation enterprises. She had an in-depth discussion about minimum public health standards for guest handling, including reception, concierge, and guest room operation. And for public areas like toilet restrooms, ancillary facilities, dining facilities, function venues, and most especially, the sanitation and disinfection of each field. Lastly, she presented the minimum public health protocols for travel and tours. It comprises the disinfection control of employees and the accommodating of guests who want to avail tours during the pandemic.

Participants have actively participated in the discussion that focuses on the health and safety measures that each establishment, especially the restaurant, accommodation, travel, and tour industry, needs to abide by upon the reopening of some public establishments in 2022.

The webinar was participated by 80 grateful CHAMPS participants, sit in entrepreneurs and students.

Date of Release: 28 July 2022