PHL is in a ‘good stage’ in gender & dev’t for tourism, official says

September 9, 2015 5:17 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Sept 8 (PNA) — While notable progress has been made in efforts of the tourism sector to push for gender and development, a tourism official said that several aspects leave it room for improvement.

“We — in the Philippines — are in a good standing point when it comes to gender and development in the tourism sector,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Rolando Canizal said in an interview on the sidelines of the ASEAN Gender and Development Forum on Tourism 2015.

The forum, held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila, gathered representatives from ASEAN member states and champions of gender equality in one roof to discuss ways to improve women empowerment in tourism.

Canizal said that data from the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2013 showed that women make up between 60 and 70 percent of workers in the tourism industry.

However, he pointed out that although there were many women occupying positions in the tourism sector, only few women were holding managerial posts.

“Most (women) are still occupying rank-and-file positions, which people say, is an extension of their domestic job. That is what we are trying to change,” Canizal said.

“The goal is to increase the number of women occupying key positions to remove gender bias and at the same time address misconception with regards to the social impact of women,” he added.

Canizal said that the country is currently spearheading the new ASEAN strategic plan for 2016 and 2020 and making sure that gender becomes an important undertaking for its member states.

“It (the plan) will be completed in January 2016 in time for the Philippines hosting of the ASEAN Tourism Forum,” the DOT official said, adding that the plan will be launched in a ministerial meeting.

On the other hand, Canizal said that compared to any other sector, tourism provided women to be engaged in it indirectly.

“Tourism is luckier versus any other sector. If you’re not a worker in the tourism industry directly, you can be engaged indirectly,” he said, citing examples such as the selling of street food or providing tourists with home-stay accommodation.

“Tourism can help expanding opportunities and growth for women,” he said. (PNA)



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