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DOT is implementing nationwide digitalization of tourism services.

With the signing of a new agreement between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the government takes steps to digitize tourism services nationwide and enhance internet access in 94 chosen sites (DICT).

Since most of these locations already have internet access, Christina Frasco, the secretary of tourism, said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding with DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy on Tuesday that “it’s just a matter of improving the quality of the internet in the area and (the DICT) would be very helpful in doing that considering they have the technology.”

In addition to the popular tourist attractions of Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol, and Siargao, the DOT would concentrate on new and lesser-known locations.

According to Frasco, the agreement is a component of the DOT’s effort to fully digitize tourism transactions and combine them into a single system in order to draw more tourists—both domestic and foreign—to visit the country conveniently.

The sale of tickets in seaports is one of the transactions the DOT wants to modernize, citing the difficulty in getting one when buying online.

“Our efforts to advance digitalization and connectivity will finally enable Philippine tourism to assume a leading position in the ASEAN and worldwide. With regard to the most recent Philippine tourist statistics, which have already surpassed the aim of 1.7 million arrivals, she remarked, “This will motivate us to even higher numbers than we have thus far achieved.

Because it will allow even the most remote tourist destinations and local government units opportunities to be recognized to the world as a viable tourism destination, it will also give opportunities for key destinations to continue opening for development, she continued. “This itself fulfills another objective under the Marcos administration for tourism, and that is to equalize tourism promotion and development.”

According to the MOU, the DICT would boost bandwidth and dependability for locations with internet access and use satellite technology for remote places.

He also commended Frasco for her recent efforts on behalf of the tourism industry.

Some are really just plain sense, but for others, putting them into practice has taken some time. However, for her, political will was present, and she was able to deliver it very, very quickly and directly. And to many and others, it represents creative problem-solving that goes above the norm in order to implement all of these fantastic interventions in our tourism industry, he said.

From the standpoint of DICT, he continued, “we want to assist all departments, all departments to be utilized, get the services out in a more effective, more efficient, and less redundant manner.”

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