The proliferation of sexual abuse and exploitation, particularly in areas that are accessible to tourists, remains a major concern for the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Children, according to the DOT, are often victimized by exploiters who spread prostitution and other sexual abuse in the tourism industry.
To eliminate this problem, the DOT through its office in Western Visayas will hold a Child Safe Tourism Orientation and Seminar on June 30, 2016 at the Amigo Terrace Hotel in Iloilo City.
This activity is part of the tourism department’s program that “aims to establish policy and practices towards ensuring a protective environment for children in tourism destinations and DOT affiliates with tourism industry partners in making sure active steps of ensuring children protection against exploiters are implemented.”
Lawyer Helen J. Catalbas, DOT-6 regional director, said they invited DOT-accredited tourism operators in the region and other national government agencies to participate in the activity.
Participants are expected to learn and understand the content and impact of the 7 travel tips in the Philippines, impact of travel and tourism on the protection of children and ways on how tourism stakeholders and frontliners and other duty bearers can protect and report children’s rights.
“We stand against any form of exploitation, may it be of tourist destinations or children. Tourism is meant to improve lives, not destroy them,” Catalbas said. IMT