MANILA, May 31 (Mabuhay) — Liloan Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco has accepted her appointment as the next chief of the Department of Tourism (DOT) under the Marcos administration.

In a statement Tuesday, Frasco vowed to support the incoming administration’s “vision to revitalize tourism so it may significantly propel the Philippines’ post-pandemic economic growth.”

“It is with profound gratitude and deep humility that I accept the offer of President-elect Bongbong Marcos to serve the Filipino people as the next Secretary of the Department of Tourism,” she said.

“In Cebu where tourism is a major driver of our economy, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of the pandemic and recent calamities, and the positive impact that effective tourism governance can have on the revival of the tourism industry,” she added.

Indicating her priorities once she assumed the position, she underscored the need for a strong partnership with local government units and tourism stakeholders, infrastructure investment, sustainability and innovation, job generation, and social protections for tourism workers.

“I wish to thank Vice President-elect Sara Duterte for entrusting me with the honor of being her Spokesperson. I look forward to serving with her and the President-elect as they usher in a new era of unity, prosperity, and hope for our country,” she said.

On Monday, incumbent Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the DOT transition team is ready to welcome and brief Frasco for a “smooth turnover”.

The DOT transition team is set to turn over the National Tourism Development Plan 2022 to 2028 as well as the reformulated Tourism Response and Recovery Plan.

Frasco is “assured that the DOT has been operating in utmost accountability and transparency” after receiving an unqualified opinion” from the Commission on Audit in the last two years — the highest rating given by the agency — for reporting financial statements fairly and correctly. (MNS)

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