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Mission, History & Functions

The Department of Tourism (DOT) shall be the primary government agency charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and employment and to spread the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sector.


1950s - Started as a private initiative Philippine Tourist & Travel Association was organized.

- Board of Travel & Tourist Industry was created by law.

1973 - The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) and the Philippine Convention Bureau (PCB) was created by the Philippine government.

1986 - Under Executive Order no. 120 and 120-A, DOT and PCB were reorganizedstructurally and functionally. PCB was renamed Philippine Convention &Visitors Corporation.


Office of the Secretary
The office of the Secretary provides leadership, direction and substance to the overall operations of the Department. It formulates policies, plans , programs, rules and regulations; reviews and evaluates the performance of the Tourism Master Plan and advises the President on all matters affecting the tourism program of the country.

Tourism Promotions Sector
The Tourism Promotion Sector has the primary function of promoting the Philippines as a tourist destination domestically and internationally. It devises integrated marketing and promotional activities such as information dissemination, public relations, special events and related tourism programs. It like wise supervises the overseas field offices established to implement and enhance the tourism development and promotion program of the Department in the international field.

Tourism Services and Regional Offices Sector
The Tourism Services Offices Sector is tasked to ensure the pleasant entry, stay and exit of tourists. It formulates standards of quantity and efficiency for tourism-oriented establishments, among others, done through an accreditation system. Tourist establishments compliance to policies are monitored to make sure that their facilities and services are operated and maintained according to acceptable international norms. The Sector also supervises DOT's regional operations established to implement the policies, plans programs and regulations of the Department and to maintain the delivery of efficient and effective frontline services for the tourism industry.

Planning, Product Development and Coordination
The Tourism Planning, Product Development and Coordination Sector is responsible for the formulation and updating of the Tourism Master Plan, together with its component programs. The Sector monitors the effective implementation of the Tourism Master Plan and, in coordination with the private sector and other government institutions, develops and conceptualizes new products and investment opportunities designed to enhance tourist sites and facilities.

Internal Services Sector
The Internal Services Sector ensures the smooth and legal functioning of the operations of the Department through the provision of effective and efficient advice and services in the areas of personnel management , human resources development, general services administration, computerization and information technology services, budgetary, financial and management services, and including investigatory and advisory services.