The Department of Tourism (DOT) appeals to local government units to provide incentives or defer payments, taxes, or any financial obligations of tourism-related businesses in their locality.
This was what DOT Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III said, reiterating the appeal of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the tourism industry bears the brunt of the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
"They have been giving you a lot of taxes in the past two to three decades and this is the time when we should support them so that they will continue to provide our LGUs with the financial support through taxation in the future," Alabado said during the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) Philippine Innovation Month VisMin Edition online forum on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
Alabado said that tourism industry players are concerned about the mounting financial difficulties to continue operating in the pandemic.
"That's what we are appealing. If we're going to recover, we recover together—the national government agencies, the local government units, and the private sector. Let's all work together to provide the needed life support for our tourism industry," he said.
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