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DOT raises alarm on dubious tour operators
TESDA warns vs. fixers

May 18, 2017

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Tourism (DOT) here has warned domestic and foreign tourists on travel agencies in Central Luzon which fail to fl y them to their local or foreign destinations.

This, even as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also warned against fixers who charge fees from those interested in taking up a TESDA course available in various provinces nationwide.

DOT regional director Ronnie Tiotuico said “there is now growing number of formal complaints among would-be travelers who paid for tour packages here or abroad but end up being duped by unscrupulous tour operators.”

He said he has already received complaints from victims who have paid a total of P1 million to such tour operators and are demanding refund.

“I am not at liberty to name them unless there is already legal decision by the local government unit or criminal court. In all these cases, no formal charges have been fi led yet as the complainants await refund,” Tiotuico said in an interview.

Meanwhile, TESDA director general Guiling Mamondiong warned the public against unauthorized fixers exploiting applicants for trainings in 120 training centers of his agency all over the country.

Speaking during the Regional Technical Vocational Education and Training Stakeholders Conference, Mamondiong said TESDA does not charge fees from its scholars who are given certificates for finishing courses of their choice, for local or foreign employment.

He noted that there are about 830,000 people who have applied for various TESDA technical and vocational courses nationwide. TESDA has allocated fresh P600 million for needed equipment at its training centers, he added.

He also said TESDA plans to construct dormitories for the trainees.

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