Tourism and sustainable agriculture go hand in hand – Manila Bulletin

The best way to help revive the economy, as well as medium and small retail and service businesses, is for the country’s 15 richest men to declare a moratorium on leasing space in their malls. .

Yes! Declare a reduction of 50% or even 70% on the rent of commercial spaces for the next six months. Yes, Ayala Land, SM, Robinsons, Villar holdings, they own thousands of small restaurants, personal service stores, outlets, etc. with huge rentals, lockdown or no lockdown.

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Dr Mina Gabor

Dr Mina T. Gabor is a passionate, action-oriented and patriotic woman leader in the country. She is the first female secretary of the Ministry of Tourism confirmed by the Appointments Commission and served from 1995 to 1998.

After DOT, his passion for promoting tourism and commerce in the Philippines never wavered. Dr Gabor, together with like-minded people in the person of Corazon Alma de Leon, Dave Cartes, Joselito Bernardo and Miguel Guioguio, founded the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) in 2010 in Subic, recalls Rose Libongco. , one of Mina’s closest friends.

National Geographic cited the ISST as the premier school for sustainable tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, training a new generation of leaders. A school for seagoing personnel, it has functioned very well, offering short courses in housekeeping, reception procedures, and food and drink. Graduates have held paid employment in international shipping companies and the national hospitality industry.

ISST is a private, non-profit, non-profit corporation established in 2010 in the Philippines. Dedicated to the education and technical training of the workforce to sustainably develop, promote and operate sustainable tourism in the Philippines and other ASEAN countries, it also aims to uplift communities with ecological resources which must be preserved and can be used in a sustainable way for tourism.

ISST has continuously provided capacity building trainings and shared knowledge with potential individuals, groups, academia, LGUs on community sustainable tourism programs including ecotourism and agricultural tourism. In 2020, despite the pandemic, he continued to train.

In addition to sustainable tourism, ISST has focused on agricultural tourism, which is gaining popularity in the Philippines as well as in other parts of the world. It’s not just your farm, it’s more of a farm life experience that visitors can cherish when they visit. Last July, the ISST organized a training course on urban agricultural tourism, a partnership with the local government of the city of Pasay, which it led with the mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano. It was funded by PHILEXPORT. Ongoing is a set of webinars on capacity building for sustainable tourism and agricultural tourism.

The ISST also has a webinar schedule in the coming months for some government agencies and private organizations. It continues to fulfill its mission of providing education that will help transform tourism into a more inclusive, responsible and sustainable industry, enhancing the benefits of local communities, developing small and medium enterprises and supporting capacity building needs. private sectors, government, and non-governmental organizations working in the tourism sector.

The ISST had big plans for its 10th anniversary, but due to the pandemic, the celebration, which would have included recognition of the individuals, entities and government agencies that supported the ISST, had been postponed. The seventh Philippine Agricultural Tourism Conference, due to be held in Bohol this year, will need to be rescheduled. The International Ecotourism Travel Mart, which ISST won as part of a bid, awaits behind the scenes, something to look forward to in 2023. “As a strong advocate of sustainable tourism, it’s no surprise that the indefatigable former Secretary of Tourism, Mina Gabor, founded the ISST. , the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, ”said Bob Zozobrado, former dean of the Lyceum of the Philippines’ International Tourism and Hospitality Management and current president of the Asia Pacific Travel Association and member of the tourism board. Congress of The Philippines. “This is a great pride for those of us in tourism, as students from different countries, even as far away as Africa, admire us, our expertise in this very important aspect of the global tourism industry and register for school classes. . “

Mina Gabor’s ISSR is now in Silang, Cavite, where the on-farm experiences are real. This has definitely put the Philippines on a pedestal in the global tourism horizon.



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