The newly elected President of the Hotel and Restaurant Owners’ Association (HROA) of Catbalogan, former city councilor Herminia S. Cabral, urged fellow members to have their workers undergo competency training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in order to upgrade their quality and quantity of work. With better trained workers, hotel and restaurants are expected to have improved and more efficient services.

These statements were made after the organizational meeting and election of the pioneering set of officers of HRAO that was jointly organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT)- Regional Office 08, TESDA-Samar, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) –Samar and the City Government of Catbalogan last September 16, 2011 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall.

The said meeting was arranged to formally organize the hotel and restaurant sector so that it will be easier for the owners to address and find solutions to common problems and concerns. It will also be a step towards getting the hotel and restaurant sector to play an active role in promoting local tourism and drawing investments to the city.

DTI Provincial Caretaker Meilou Macabare explained that hotels and restaurants address two of the basic needs of tourists which are food and accomodation. And to attract investments, the city must be able to offer these two necessities to ensure the comfort of investor as they transact their business here.

This echoes Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan’s statements upon formally opening the meeting wherein she said, “we have seen the growth and development of Catbalogan through the years as evident from the increasing number of establishments, constructions and varied services that are now being offered to our contituents. Proportionate to that is our need to ensure high quality support and servicers to our ever growing market.”

After the passage of the Tourism Code and the Investment Code, the formal organization of the hotel and restaurant sector was meant to be the latest step towards tourism and investments promotion. It is hoped that as a united group, owners will be able to work together towards solving problems and addressing issues that are commonly encountered in their line of business and and as a result of this, Catbalogan hotelier and restaurateurs will emerge as competitive businesses.

TESDA Provincial Director Cleta Omega stressed that having a skilled and qualified manpower is one of the factors that can affect the management of hotels and restaurants. She added that having sufficient knowledge in their line of work enables workers to be more productive and professional, which can prove to be an asset to the establishment.

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