The National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) eyes to be launched in the first quarter of 2017. Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Rolando Canizal explained that the plan is aligned with the Duterte administration’s 10-point agenda.
The government will also invest in tourism infrastructures in order to maximize NTDP. Moreover, Canizal mentioned that the Department of Finance will be contributing $23 billion in investments to six-year plan to support the projects. They are expecting a boost from the investments, especially in the airport program. This program will open opportunities for the Philippines to fully realize the NTDP.
Airport program will cover the reviving of several ports in different areas in the country. It also covers the redevelopment project for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Canizal emphasized that with the airport program alone, the Philippine tourism can already expect a hike in revenues and job opportunities.
Meanwhile, NTDP will still be aligned with National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) Philippine Development Plan for 2017 - 2022. This is to ensure that the two development plans will not coincide, which may result to delay good results. NEDA already had a meeting with the DOT to integrate the conditions of the two plans. “The NEDA has just released their guidelines”, he added.