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Full Boracay rehab by December 2019, says DOT chief

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Tourism officials have asked airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan and Kalibo in Aklan, since Boracay can only accommodate a limited number of tourists per day

BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says Boracay rehabilitation will be completed next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler


Ben Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: PTV still owes us money

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Tulfo refuses to answer how much the government owes his production company Bitag Media

UNPAID. Bitag Media CEO Ben Tulfo says his contract with PTV4 is valid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tulfos: We will not return P60M to government

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'Wala ho sa isip ko magsasauli kasi wala akong ginawang ilegal. Papanindigan po namin ang kontrata, legal po ito. Wala po kaming ginawang illegal,' says Ben Tulfo during a Senate hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

LIVE: Senate hearing on Tulfo's P60-M earnings from DOT ad placements

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Watch the hearing on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

Visayas, Mindanao airports get P2B in proposed 2019 budget

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:15 AM

The new Bohol International Airport receives the biggest chunk at P754 million

NEW AIRPORT. The new Bohol (Panglao) International Airport is almost complete. Photo from the Build Build Build Facebook page

P7.8M in 2019 national budget to be used in tourism safety

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat also pledges to put up health facilities in tourist destinations in coordination with the Department of Health

DOT BUDGET. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on August 8, 2018 defends the DOT budget at the House committee on appropriations hearing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH vows to boost tourist safety after jellyfish kills girl

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Filipino-Italian swimmer Gaia Trimarchi, 7, dies after being stung by a box jellyfish in Caramoan, Camarines Sur

TOURIST SAFETY. A file photo of Sabitang Laya Island in Caramoan, where a 7-year-old girl died after she was stung by a box jellyfish. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Legal process continues despite Ben Tulfo refusal to return P60M – Roque

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Tulfos are supposed to return the payment because of a Commission on Audit notice of disallowance, but this can still be appealed

Philippines hits 3.7 million foreign tourists mid-2018

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Foreign tourist arrivals increase by 10.4%, compared to the 3.3 million recorded for the January-June period last year

TOURIST ARRIVALS. Foreign tourists pass health declaration checklist in NAIA. File photo by Jedwin Llobrera/Rappler

Call for proposals: DOT tourism research grant

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for applications is on July 31, Tuesday

Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

More fun? Inefficiencies in Teo’s DOT term raise audit red flags

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The 2017 audit report of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is rife with delayed projects, deficient planning and multi-million projects that went unmonitored and cannot be measured for their worth

AUDIT RED FLAGS. Commission on Audit (COA) reveals multiple deficiencies and inefficiencies in how the Department of Tourism spent P2 billion of its budget in 2017 under the leadership of former secretary Wanda Teo.

COA flags P19 million travel allowances of DOT officials

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(UPDATED) The department spent P19.2 million on travel allowances alone in 2017, including P863,961 for resigned secretary Wanda Teo

TRAVEL ALLOWANCES. Department of Tourism officials including resigned secretary Wanda Teo, and current Undersecretaries Kat De Castro and Benito Bengzon receive hundreds of thousands worth of allowances for their foreign travels in 2017, according to the Commission on Audit.

IN NUMBERS: Foreign visitors up by 10% despite Boracay closure

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The Department of Tourism says foreign visitor arrivals still grew in May despite the closure of Boracay as they went to other destinations in the country

SIARGAO. Sugba Lagoon, a popular destination for those who visit Siargao.Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

PH eyes shorter visa on arrival process for Chinese travelers

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Department of Tourism says it is looking at major markets China and India for its plan to facilitate easier entry to the country

TOURISM. Department of Tourism spokesperson Bong Bengzon speaks to hotel owners and marketing representatives in Makati City on July 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Binay seeks to stop misuse of Duty Free funds amid Teo controversy

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says the Governance Commission for GOCCs should 'take seriously' its job to coordinate policies of government corporations

ACCOUNTABILITY. Senator Nancy Binay, chairman of the Senate committee on tourism, said the Governance Corporation for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations needs to strengthen its fiscal practices over the Comission on Audit's findings on the misuse of Duty Free funds. Photo from the Office of Senator Nany Binay

COA: Teo illegally used Duty Free tourism funds to buy bags, cosmetics

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Merchandise bought using Department of Tourism funds include beddings, appliances, canned goods, branded bags, luxury brand cosmetics, and chocolates

DUTY FREE. Resigned tourism secretary Wanda Teo used DOT profit shares at Duty Free to buy merchandise and pay for a consultant according to the Commission on Audit. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Fresh produce, Filipino food take spotlight at 8th Philippine Harvest

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The fair takes place from June 14 to 17 at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

Tulfo brothers, Bangsamoro Basic Law, Dua Lipa in Manila | Evening wRap

May 31, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Malacañang expects Tulfos to return P60M payment for ads

May 31, 2018 - 2:34 PM

'We're counting on their word of honor,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

DOT chief says Tulfos haven't returned P60M yet

May 30, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'I leave it up to the COA kasi sila magsasabi kung may disallowance,' says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat when asked what her agency will do about it

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA confirms Bernadette Romulo Puyat as tourism secretary

May 30, 2018 - 12:59 PM

(UPDATED) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat promises employment and national development on her watch

Senate CA Confirmation May 30 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Veteran official named Tourism Promotions Board OIC

May 24, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Arnold Gonzales has been with the Department of Tourism for 30 years

OIC. Arnold Gonzales is the new Tourism Promotions Board officer-in-charge. Photo from Gonzales' Facebook page

TPB 'guarantees transparency' after Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'The TPB extends its support to the direction of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, guaranteeing transparency in all of its dealings,' says Board after Montano's resignation

TRANSPARENCY. The Tourism Promotions Board issues a statement following Cesar Montano's resignation as Chief Operating Office.

P18-M Intramuros brand campaign has nothing to show – COA

May 22, 2018 - 8:31 AM

By the end of 2017, only P450,000 has been spent to buy memo pads and bond papers

Students personate significant characters in the Bible parade along the cobble stones for a traditional Santa Cruzan from the Manila Cathedral to the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 20, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte accepts Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 7:01 AM

The Tourism Promotions Board chief's resignation comes after President Duterte announced he is about to fire 5 government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on May 5, 2018, recognizes the vital role of ADB in the growth and development of the Philippines. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOT sets cruise, drive tourism circuits to lure visitors to Western Visayas

May 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Western Visayas tourism officials says they must attract some 1 million tourists to recover from the slump brought by the closure of Boracay Island

Cesar Montano resigns as tourism board chief

May 21, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) His resignation comes amid the controversy over an P80-million sponsorship deal for the food tourism project Buhay Carinderia

Who is Ronnie Albao of the Tourism Promotions Board?

May 19, 2018 - 7:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Cesar Montano's most trusted man in the Tourism Promotions Board started out in government as an executive assistant in the office of then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 1998

P1-consultant runs Tourism Promotions Board besides Cesar Montano

May 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Ronnie Albao, who sources say unofficially functions as Cesar Montano's chief of staff, denies the claims

CHIEF OF STAFF? Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Office (COO) Cesar Montano and Ronnie Albao pose for a photo at Senate of the Philippines. Photo from Ronnie Albao's Twitter account

Mark Lapid, DOT execs from 3 administrations sued over Boracay Water contract

May 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The complainants allege that the Philippine Tourism Authority under Mark Lapid 'demonstrated a clear bias' towards the Manila Water Company Incorporated in the award of the contract to operate the waterworks and sewerage system of Boracay

TOURISM OFFICIALS. (Left to right) Former tourism officials Mark Lapid, Wanda Teo, Ramon Jiumenez, and (back) Cesar Montano face a graft complaint over a utilities contract in Boracay

Puyat 'uncomfortable' over tourism projects without public bidding

May 17, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she has concerns over projects under TPB chief Cesar Montano's watch that did not pass through public bidding

NEW CHIEF. Newly-installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

May 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat moves the meeting with Cesar Montano, originally set at the DOT office in Makati, to an undisclosed location

PROMOTIONS CHIEF. Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano at the Philippine Move and Press Club 33rd Annual Star Awards. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

'Buhay Carinderia' gets P80M in a month under Cesar Montano

May 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

In less than a month, 90% of the P80-million sponsorship funds are paid to advertising company Mary Lindbert International for the Buhay Carinderia project, even if was far from completion

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

New tourism chief to talk to Cesar Montano over corruption allegations

May 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she will 'get the side' of Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano on allegations that he paid in full the contractor for an P80-million project that has yet to be completed

NEW CHIEF. Newly installed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018 to give her first media briefing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

New tourism chief asks undersecretaries, assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says the courtesy resignations will give her 'a free hand' to fulfill her mandate

Newly installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. Puyat urged the undersecretary and assistant secretary to file a courtesy resignation for the agency to start anew following the demand of President Rodrigo Duterte of no corruption in the DOT. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mon Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: 'Ben to be blamed, not Wanda'

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Mon Tulfo, the eldest among siblings, breaks his silence, saying, 'I am not trying to get Wanda off the hook in a case that might constitute plunder; as I said earlier, I want people to know the inside story'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Wanda Tulfo Teo, Ramon Tulfo, and Ben Tulfo.

Romulo Puyat vows to rid tourism department of corruption

May 09, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat promises there will be no corruption and says she will push for sustainable tourism

Romulo-Puyat vows to rid tourism department of corruption

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat checks an item at an agriculture fair. Photo from the Department of Agriculture Facebook page

New DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on hosting Miss Universe: 'Tignan muna natin'

May 09, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Puyat makes the comment in a TV show amid reports that the country will host the 2018 edition

Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Senators welcome appointment of 'clean, very qualified' tourism chief

May 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

'We believe in her competence and integrity as the new tourism secretary,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on the appointment of Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat checks an item at an agriculture fair. Photo from the Department of Agriculture Facebook page

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into P60-M DOT ads in Tulfos’ show

May 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'look into the irregularities in the disposition of the DOT’s budget and its expenditures in advertising and marketing in order to ensure that government funds are legally and properly allocated'

PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the DOT advertisement placement in the 'Kilos Pronto' show.  File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 9, 2018

May 09, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

CJ Sereno returns to SC Photo by Maria Tan

Duterte names Bernadette Romulo Puyat as tourism chief

May 08, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat is an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is seen with Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Puyat, and Agrilink/ Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 Chairman Candelario Miculob in an event on October 5, 2017. Puyat is the new tourism secretary named by Duterte on May 8, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Wanda Teo resigns, Duterte on Dengvaxia, Avengers cast get tattoos | Evening wRap

May 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Teo has ‘no idea’ her brothers Ben and Erwin Tulfo host ‘Kilos Pronto’

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

This claim by the resigned tourism secretary's lawyer is contrary to state auditors' finding the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on 'Kilos Pronto'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Ben Tulfo, Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Erwin Tulfo. Teo's photo from Malacanang, Tulfo brothers' photo from Bitag media