Angeles City Legislative Information System
Ordinance Number: 325
Series:
2012
Title:
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE ANGELES CITY TOURISM CODE WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE MANAGEMENT, PROMOTION, AND ADVANCEMENT OF THE ANGELES CITY TOURISM INDUSTRY.
Author:
Councilors Maricel G. Morales, E. Pamintuan, Indiongco, Aguas and Lacson
Approved Date:
December 20, 2012

Ordinance No. 325
 
Series of 2012
 

WHEREAS, it is widely acknowledged that tourism can serve as one of the primary engines of growth for the local economy, and become the focal points of related projects and initiatives;

 

WHEREAS, Angeles City possesses an enormous tourism potential which, if it is tapped and developed, could create jobs and generate revenue for local businesses, and the city which will improve basic services to the community;

 

WHEREAS, the adoption of a tourism code, a blueprint of progress and development for the city tourism, paves the way for the realization of our community’s aspiration to become the destination for tourists of every stripe who travel to our country from every corner of the world, and from every part of the Philippines;

 

NOW THEREFORE, on motion of Honorable Maricel Morales with the unanimous accord of the Sangguniang Panlungsod present;

 

RESOLVED, AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, by the City Council in session assembled to enact the following Ordinance;

 

 

ARTICLE i

General Provisions

 

SECTION 1. TITLE. - This Ordinance shall be known as the “Angeles City Tourism Code”.

 

SECTION 2. SCOPE. -This Ordinance shall outline the over-all tourism operations and management in Angeles City including parks and tourists areas. It includes the creation and development of a team to handle the tourism activities, projects and events, as well as the promotional program of Angeles City. This Ordinance shall likewise provide for the accreditation and regulation of the operation of tourism oriented establishments.

 

SECTION 3. DEFINITION OF TERMS.

 

  1. ACCREDITATION - a certification issued by the Department of Tourism recognizing that the establishment has complied with the minimum requirements set in its operation.

 

  1. ACTC  - Angeles City Tourism Council.

 

  1. APARTMENT-HOTEL (APARTEL) - any building or edifice containing several independent and furnished or semi-furnished apartments, regularly leased to tourists and travelers for a period of not less than one day.

 

  1. ASSOCIATION  -  an organization of persons/ entities having the subject of tourism as a common interest.

 

  1. BAR (KTV/ Videoke), COCKTAIL/MUSIC LOUNGE, RESTO-BAR / NIGHT OR DAY CLUB, SUPER CLUB - Bars are establishments where intoxicating and fermented liquors or malt are sold in addition to cooked food. It may also feature videoke entertainment or live bands.

 

e.1. Night or Day Club includes any place frequented at night-time or day-time, as the case may be, where patrons are served food and drinks and are allowed to dance with their partners or with professional dance instructors.

 

e.2. Super Club includes any establishment where food and drinks are served to its patrons, with musicians or record players installed within its premises, and where patrons may dance with their companions.

 

  1. BPLD- Business Permit and License Division.

 

  1. CERTIFICATION -A clearance issued by the City Tourism  Department recognizing that the establishment has complied with the minimum requirements set in its operation.

 

  1. CITY - The City Government of Angeles.

 

  1. CODE - The Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act No. 7160).

 

  1. CREATIVE CONSULTANT - any professional engaged in advertising and production of its contents.

 

  1. DOH – Department of Health.

 

  1. DOT - Department of Tourism.

 

  1. DEPARTMENT STORE/MALL– any establishment which sells or carries several lines of merchandises in separate sections including one devoted to native/ Filipiniana items/souvenirs.

 

  1. FOREIGNER– any person who is not a Filipino citizen.

 

  • FRONT LINERS - refer to employees who have direct contact with customers.

 

  1. GALLERY – any establishment that has a formal space for exhibition of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, potteries and mixed media works.

 

  1. GUEST – refers to any tourist or traveler registered as paying occupant of a hotel, motel, resort, pension house, inn, and villa.

 

  1. GYM - refers to fitness centers.

 

  1. HOTEL - any building, edifice or premises which offers venue for receptions, functions, seminars/ conventions/ forums, accommodations or lodging of travelers or tourists for a fee.

 

  1. INBOUND TOUR. - a tour of the Philippines or any place within the Philippines.

 

  1. INBOUND TOUR OPERATOR – any individual or entity certified by the CTD and accredited by the DOT to conduct a tour of the Philippines or any place within the Philippines.

 

  1. INLAND RESORT - resort located within the town proper or city.

 

  1. MARKET RESEARCH CONSULTANT –any professional engaged in producing tourism supply-and-demand database

 

  1. MOTORISTS HOTEL (MOTEL) – any structure with several units, with individual or common parking space at which customers may obtain lodging by the hour and, in some instances, meals.

 

  1. MUSEUM - refers to any establishment showcasing historical artifacts, and cultural heritage displays.

 

  1. OUTBOUND TOUR - a tour to, or any other place, outside the Philippines.

 

  1. PENSION HOUSE - a private or family-oriented tourist boarding house or tourist lodging house, employing non-professional domestic helpers, regularly catering to tourist and/ or travelers, containing several independent rentable rooms, providing common facilities such as toilets, bathrooms/ showers, living and dining rooms and/ or kitchen and where a combination of board and lodging may be provided, and may be rented as a group.

 

  • PERMIT- the privilege or authority granted by the City Mayor through the BPLD to operate, manage and maintain a business establishment.

 

  • PRIMARY TOURISM ESTABLISHMENT - any tourism establishment which is registered and licensed by the appropriate offices of the City which caters directly to tourists.

 

 

  • PROFESSIONAL EVENT ORGANIZER - any person engaged in the arrangement of any event for commercial purposes.

 

  • PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANT – any professional who has expertise in media relations and mass propagation of ideas.

 

  • PTA - Philippine Tourism Authority

 

  • REGISTRY - the list of tourism-oriented and tourism-related establishments, including those offering training and promotion programs, after such establishments and facilities shall have been certified by the City Government of Angeles, through the CTD as having conformed to the minimum standards/ requirements in accordance with this Ordinance.

 

  • RESORT - any place with a pleasant environment and atmosphere conducive to a comfortable, healthful relaxation, offering food, sleeping accommodations and recreational facilities to the public for a fee.
  • RESTAURANT. - any establishment offering local and/or international cuisine to the public.
  • SPA. - refers to any establishment which offers complete relaxation to its clients for beauty and wellness, which include but not limited to:

 

  1. DESTINATION SPA -  a spa which has for its sole purpose to provide clients with lifestyle improvement and health enhancement through professionally administered spa services such as physical fitness, education, programming and on-site accommodations where spa cuisine or healthy food is offered.

 

  1. RESORT/HOTEL SPA. – a spa owned by and/or located within a resort or hotel providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components.

 

  1. SPECIAL INTEREST HOTEL/RESORT - refers to establishments providing the facilities and equipment for the conduct of special interest activities, wildlife observation and bird watching, backpacking, camping, trail riding (either motorized or horseback), target shooting and hunting, etc. and theme parks.

 

  • SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES - establishments providing sports and recreational facilities such as, swimming pools, bowling lanes, tennis courts, squash courts, golf course, riding range, shooting range, archery range, aquatic/water sports arrangements, fishing, water skiing and similar facilities forming part of the resort.

 

  • TENANT - any tourist or traveler who is registered as paying occupant of any apartment-hotel and condotel.

 

  • THEATERS - refers to establishments used as venue for the performing arts.

 

  • TOUR GUIDE - an individual trained and accredited by the DOT and is certified by the CTD to guide tourists for a fee, commission or any other form of lawful remuneration.

 

  • TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT - Any establishment or enterprise which may or may not be registered with the CTD but which caters incidentally to travelers and tourists.

 

  • TRAINING CENTER - Any establishment which offers one or more training programs for tourism manpower development and which is equipped with training facilities, equipment and instructional staff.

 

  • TRAINING PROGRAM - A module designed for tourism manpower development.

 

  • TRAINER.  Any individual who is certified by the CTD to conduct training programs as specified in the preceding paragraph.

 

  • TOURIST INN - a lodging establishment catering to local and foreign tourists not meeting the minimum requirements of an economy hotel.

 

  1. TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT UNIT - any vehicle, carriage or conveyance moving on wheels used on public roads and highways and catering to tourists.

 

  1. TOURIST TRANSPORT OPERATOR - a person or entity which may either be a single proprietorship, partnership or corporation, regularly engaged in providing for

 

tourist transport services as hereinafter defined, either on charter or regular run, for a fee or lawful consideration.

 

  • TOURIST WATER AND AIR TRANSPORT OPERATOR - any water craft or air conveyance catering to tourists.

 

  • TRAVEL AGENCY -  An entity which may either be a single proprietorship, partnership or corporation regularly engaged in the business of extending to individual or groups, such services pertaining to documentation of travel papers, ticketing, sales and/or accommodation, handling and/or conduct of tours within or outside the Philippines.

 

ARTICLE II

SUPERVISION AND CONTROL

 

SECTION 4. SUPERVISION AND CONTROL.

 

    1. The Office of the City Mayor.  The City Mayor as the local chief executive shall be the officer in charge of all tourism programs of the City of Angeles. He shall designate the chairperson/s of scheduled tourism programs which are observed and celebrated regularly in the City.

 

    1. The Head of the CITY Tourism Department.  The Head of the City Tourism Department (CTD) shall perform all functions and responsibilities related to tourism, and coordinate with different offices regarding the implementation of tourism projects and programs of the City.

 

    1. The Committee on Tourism of the SangGuniang Panlungsod.  The Committee on Tourism shall be responsible for sponsoring legislative measures concerning the development of tourism in the City of Angeles.

ARTICLE III

ORGANIZATIONAL SET UP

 

SECTION 5. Creation of CITY Tourism Department. The City Tourism Department is hereby created to handle the administrative and technical responsibilities of the city tourism program.

 

 

 

CITY TOURISM OFFICER

Tourism Operations

 

 

Planning & Product Development

Marketing& Promotions

 

Administrative

 

 

Standards & Regulations

Research &Statistics

 

Tourism Council Secretariat

 

 

           
   
 
   
  Text Box: Tourism Council Secretariat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 5

 

SECTION 6. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

 

            6.1. CITY TOURISM OFFICER

  1. Manages and supervises the operation activities of the City Tourism Department.

             6.2. ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

a.   In-charge of all Personnel matters.

  1. In-charge of all Budgetary matters.
  2. Responsible for the Office & Custodial matters, and all other functions that maybe assigned to support other sections as the case maybe.

6.3. TOURISM OPERATIONS DIVISION (Creative, PR &Other Programs)

  1. Assists the City Tourism Officer in the management of  internally-produced Tourism Programs.
  2. Coordinates with Private Organizers of Tourism Events & Programs.
  3. Coordinates with all divisions regarding the Program Development & Monitoring.
  4. In-charge of fund-sourcing for special Tourism programs and projects.

6.4. Planning and Development

  1. Prepares and updates the local tourism development plan
  2. Formulates rules, regulations, sanctions and penalties for governing the operations and activities of all tourism enterprises in accordance with the national and local laws
  3. Prepares training module/s for tourism-related workers (tour guides, tourist police, tourism officers)
  4. Devises and recommends travel itineraries to travel and tour operators
  5. Identifies possible tourism products (destinations, festivals, food, souvenirs, etc.)

6.5. MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS

  1. In-charge of all promotional programs regarding Angeles City Tourism
  2. Coordinates with Regional and Head Office of the Department  of Tourism and Industry players
  3. Establish and operate Tourism Information Office
  4. Setting up and attending exhibitions and holiday shows
  5. Organizing special and seasonal events and festivals
  6. Developing e-tourism platforms, including websites, and constructing business databases
  7. Providing funding and business advice support and sending e-newsletters to local businesses
  8. Producing tourist information, including art work, and writing press releases and copy for tourism guides/newsletters

 

6.6. Standards and Regulations

  1. Responsible for ensuring quality of tourism- related establishments
  2. Implement rules and regulations formulated by the planning department
  3. Processing of Accreditation, Inspection & Licensing

6.7. Research and Statistics

  1. Gather and monitor data through surveys and field research
  2. Interpret statistics
  3. Formulate reports and recommendations for tourism planning
  4. Coordinate with tourism planning and development division

 

SECTION 7.  Functions of the CITY Tourism Department.

 

  1. Organize events and activities that will promote the local culture and tourism attractions of the city.
  2. Supervise the operations and maintenance of city-owned and managed tourist destination areas like parks, convention centers, museum, resorts and picnic areas to ensure the cleanliness and beauty of each facility.
  3. Conduct Tour Packages that will result in the influx of tourists, both foreign and domesti
  4. Design and implement the promotional and marketing structure of Angeles City.
  5. Organize and conduct culture and tourism seminars, summits and trainings.
  6. Conduct inspection and accreditation of Tourism Establishments.
  7. Organize fund raising projects and events and accept donations, sponsorships and solicitations, through the City Mayor, for city tourism programs and parks beautification.
  8. Conduct surveys, research and other data gathering activities to support each tourism program.
  9. Represent the city in any tourism or promotional activities within the locality, in the region, national and international levels.
  10. Perform and execute any tourism or promotional related activities and programs.

 

SECTION 8. THE ANGELES CITY TOURISM COUNCIL. – The Angeles City Tourism Council (ACTC) is hereby created and shall act as the policy-making body of the City Government in the conceptualization and actualization of tourism related projects, as well as to assist in the processing of application of licenses of tour agencies, operations, tour guides, hotels, restaurants and other related institutions.

 

SECTION 8.1. GENERAL PURPOSES. The ACTC shall serve as the policy making body of the City Government in formulation of programs for the development, promotion and supervision of tourism in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, the Philippine Tourism Authority and other agencies, persons or entities concerned with Tourism, and to promote to the development of areas with potential tourism value, otherwise known as “tourist zones.”

 

SECTION 8.2. SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS AND POWERS. The ACTC shall have the following specific functions and powers:

  1. To undertake studies on natural resources and potentialities of the City of Angeles;
  2. To formulate a comprehensive Tourism Development Plan for the City of Angeles in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Tourism Authority;
  3. To initiate revenue-generating programs and projects such as cultural benefit shows including Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan (TTKD), the Sisig Festival and many more, to accept donations from any and all sources for city tourism development; and,
  4. To do any and all acts necessary, convenient or expedient to carry out the purpose for which the council is created and which are not in violation of any law.

SECTION 8.3. COMPOSITION OF ANGELES CITY TOURISM COUNCIL. The ACTC shall be composed of the following:

Chairman                                             - The City Mayor

Vice Chairman for Government         - To be designated/ appointed by the City Mayor

Vice Chairman for Private Sector       - To be designated/ appointed by the City Mayor

 

 

Members                                      - Five (5) Members from the Private Sector/ Tourism Industry in the City to be appointed by the City Mayor

- Chief of Staff of the Mayor

- SP Chairperson, Committee on Ways and Means

- SP Chairperson, Committee on Tourism

- City Tourism Officer

- City Information Officer

- City Treasurer

- General Services Officer

SECTION 8.4. MEETINGS AND QUORUM.  The Council shall meet as frequently as necessary to discharge its duties and responsibilities properly, but shall meet regularly at least twice a month. The Council shall be convened by the Chairman on his own initiative or upon the written request of at least 3 commissioners. The majority vote of the members of the council constituting a quorum of a simple majority shall be sufficient for the adoption of any rule, resolution, decision, or any act of the commission.

 

SECTION 8.5. ACTC SECRETARIAT. The council shall have its own secretariat to handle its administrative affairs.

 

 

ARTICLE IV

TOURISM EVENTS, PARKS, RESORTS, CONVENTIONS AND CULTURE OF TOURISM SERVICE AND TOURIST POLICE

 

 

SECTION 9.TOURISM EVENTS. The city shall promote various activities that will aim at promoting Angeles City and at the same time providing direct and indirect income to its constituents. The City Tourism Department shall promote the established and recognized annual/regular tourism programs and special events in the City of Angeles:

 

  1. Fiestang Kuliat
  2. Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan
  3. Bagius Festival
  4. Sisig Fest

SECTION 10. City Parks, Resort and Convention. The City shall continuously upgrade and beautify all its parks and playground. The CTD shall oversee the following city tourist destination areas:

 

  1. City Museum and Culinarium, and
  2. Tourist Information Centers

 

SECTION 11. Culture of tourism service. All Angeles Residents shall be encouraged to exhibit a culture of tourism, emphasizing the importance of Filipino Values, Culture and History, and Service Excellence in relation to Tourism; and likewise familiarize themselves the history of Angeles City, legends, important local events and local personalities

 

a. All employees of the city government shall be required to attend a Culture of Excellence Seminar/ Workshop on a regular basis.

b. Tourism oriented and related establishments in the city shall be encouraged to require their front liners to undergo the Culture of Excellence Seminar.

c. All Tricycle, Jeepney and Bus Drivers shall be required to attend the Culture of Excellence Seminar which shall be integrated with the Annual Driver’s Seminar.

d. All media organizations shall air/publish public service announcements on the promotion of Filipino Values and Culture in the Tourism context.

e. All Academic Institutions like Day Care Centers, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Educational Institutions shall be provided with modules on Culture of Excellence as part of the curriculum of the students which may either be integrated in their Religion or Values Education Subjects, in coordination with the Department of Education, Angeles City.

 

Note:

The Local Chief Executive shall issue an Executive Order to assign a Committee to devise the Lectures, Seminar or Workshop Materials, Modules and Examination for assessment purposes.

 

 

SECTION 12. TOURIST POLICE.  The Local Chief Executive shall designate Tourist Police to assist in maintaining peace and order, law enforcement and tourist security. They will be assigned in Tourist Information Centers, main streets, and other tourist destination areas.

 

ARTICLE V

CERTIFICATION

 

SECTION 13.CERTIFICATION BASIS. All tourism establishments/activities in Angeles City shall be classified, certified and registered in accordance with the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Department of Tourism on 20 April 1992 and 26 August 1992, published in the Supplement of the Official Gazette, Volume 89, No. 20 dated 17 May 1993.

 

SECTION 14.  CERTIFICATION OF TOURISM-ORIENTED/RELATED ESTABLISHMENTS AND TOUR GUIDES.  No person, natural or juridical, shall keep, manage, or operate any building, edifice or premise, or a completely independent part thereof, for the purpose of engaging in the tourism business without having first secured a license permit from the BPLD to operate the same, and a certificate of accreditation of the establishment from the CTD.

 

SECTION 15. WHO ARE AUTHORIZED TO SIGN THE APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION. In the filing of application for accreditation, the following shall be authorized to sign said application:

 

a. In the case of sole proprietorship, the owner thereof or his duly authorized representative.

b. In the case of partnership, one of the partners designated on a sworn certification by all partners to sign the application.

c. In the case of corporation, the person named in the board resolution as authorized to sign the application or person so designated in its by-laws.

 

Note: All applicants who wish to apply for the Accreditation Certificate/Seal of Excellence should submit copy of their Mayor’s Permit to the City Tourism Department.

 

ARTICLE VI

INCENTIVES FOR THE CITY CERTIFIED TOURISM ESTABLISHMENTS

 

SECTION 16. INCENTIVES FOR CERTIFIED TOURISM ESTABLISHMENTS. Tourism-oriented and Tourism-related establishments which are duly registered and licensed by the City Government shall be entitled to the following incentives:

 

a. Assistance to the processing of DOT Accreditation.

b. Free promotion in all publications/brochures/tourism flyers/leaflets/collateral materials.

c. Inclusion in tour itineraries suggested to tour operators.

d. Incentives provided under the Angeles City Investment Code.

 

ARTICLE VII

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

SECTION 17. CERTIFICATION OF TOUR GUIDES.

 

Section 17.1. Tour Guides.  Only Filipino citizens may qualify as tour guides; He/She should have established at least one year of residency in Angeles City.  Tour Guides must undergo training and must be certified by the CTD and accredited by DOT. Certification is renewable annually.

 

           Section 17.2.Qualifications for Tour Guides:

 

a. Bonafide resident of the City of Angeles;

b. Fluent in speaking Filipino, English and other foreign languages;

c. Physically and mentally fit;

d. Computer literate/preferably knowledgeable in foreign language; and

e. Preferably tourism graduate.

 

Section 17.3. Requirement.

 

a. Proof that the applicant has passed a seminar for tour guides duly conducted by any of the following: the Department of Tourism, City Government or other government agencies duly authorized by the Department of Tourism to conduct seminars; Provided, however, that this requirement may be waived by the City Government with the concurrence of the Department of Tourism where the applicant possesses special academic or professional qualification relevant to tourism;

b. Certificate of good health issued by any duly accredited government physician;

c. Clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation;

d. In the case of alien application, proof of employment with duly licensed agency, permit to work or registration certificate from the Department of Labor and Employment, and proof of reciprocity which shall consist of a certificate by the proper official of the home state of the applicant to the effect that the law of such state allows or permits reciprocal rights to Filipino citizens to engage in tour guiding which must be properly authenticated.

 

SECTION 18. CERTIFICATION OF A PROFESSIONAL EVENT ORGANIZER, MARKET RESEARCH CONSULTANT, CREATIVE CONSULTANT, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANT- For purposes of certification the following shall be the minimum requirements for the above mentioned categories:

 

a. Requirement. Proof that the applicant has secured business permit from any Local Government’s BPLD, BIR and SEC Registration if applicable.

b.  Office Requirement.  It shall be located in a business district and must be easily identifiable.

 

 

ARTICLE  VIII

 STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPERATION/MAINTENANCE OF TOURISM ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.

                                               

SECTION 19. CLASSES OF HOTELS, RESORTS AND APARTMENT HOTELS, CONDOTEL, INN, MOTEL, PENSION HOUSE.  For purposes of certification, hotels, resorts, and Apartment Hotels, etc. shall be classified based on DOT’s Five Star Grading System promulgated May 2012.

 

  1. There are five levels of accommodation standards ranging from one to five stars applicable to hotels, resorts and apartment hotels. To obtain higher stars,

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progressively higher service and facility quality, facility condition and improved business practices like environmental management, which are determined by a points system should be provided across all areas.

 

  1. A total of 1000 points have been set as the maximum number of points that can be achieved by hotels, resorts, and Apartment Hotels, Condotel, Inn, Motel, Pension House

Star Grading

Total Score

1 Star

251-400 points

2 Star

401-550 points

3 Star

551-700 points

4 Star

701-850 points

5 Star

851-1000 points

 

  1. The criteria are divided into 7 dimensions that are common to the above mentioned categories except for the lounge area and the kitchen area which are applicable only to apartment hotels. The percentage that these dimensions contribute to the total score is shown in the table below:

 

Business area

Hotel

Resort

Apartel/ Condotel/Inn/Motel/Pension House

Arrival and departure

10%

10%

8%

Public areas

10%

10%

7%

Bedrooms

30%

30%

30%

Bathrooms

15%

15%

15%

Food and beverage

15%

15%

n/a

Lounge area *

n/a

n/a

15%

Kitchen area *

n/a

n/a

10%

Amenities

10%

10%

5%

Business practices

10%

10%

10%

Total

100%

100%

100%

 

 

ARTICLE IX

TRAVEL AGENCIES

 

SECTION 20. TRAVEL AGENCIES OFFICE REQUIREMENTS. – The travel agency shall comply with the following office requirements:

 

a. It shall be located in a commercial district and not in a residential area.

b. It shall be used exclusively for the travel agency business.

c. It shall be easily identifiable.

 

Note: The travel agency should present an annual in-bound and out-bound tour program for submission to the CTD and its implementation schedule for the whole year.

 

 

ARTICLE X

TOURIST LAND TRANSPORTATION

 

SECTION 21. TOURIST LAND TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES REQUIREMENTS. For purposes of certification, the following are the basic requirements for the operation and maintenance of a tourist transport (including taxis):

 

  1. Registered Carrying Capacity.  A tourist transport operator shall only be allowed to apply for Accreditation for the number of units covered by its franchise.
  2. Road Worthiness.– To be registrable, every tourist transport must be found road worthy by the TPD in coordination with the LTO, and shall not, in the case of bus or coaster, be more than ten years reckoned from the year of manufacture; nor more than five years for a tourist car/taxis.
  3. Left-Hand Drive.  Every tourist transport shall be left-hand drive.
  4. Ventilation.  Every tourist transport shall be properly equipped with adequate air conditioning units.
  5. Fire-Fighting Facilities.  A tourist transport shall be provided or installed with at least one portable fire extinguisher for the protection of its passengers.
  6. Imprint of Company's Name and Logo.  The company's name and logo shall be imprinted at the rear and sides, respectively, of the tourist transport.
  7. Public Address System. For tourist buses and coasters a public address system must be installed.
  8. First Aid Kit.  Every tourist transport shall be provided with a first aid kit and an adequate supply of emergency medicines.

i.   Seats.  Every transport shall be provided with clean and comfortable seats.

j.   Storage Space.  A tourist transport shall have enough leg room and storage space.

k.  Garage.  Every tourist transport operator shall provide an adequate garage and repair shop for the maintenance of its equipment as well as a parking space sufficient to accommodate all its registered units.

 

ARTICLE XI

TOURIST WATER TRANSPORT VESSELS

 

SECTION  22. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.   For purposes of certification, the following are the minimum requirements for the operation and maintenance of a water transport.

 

  1. Restrooms. There shall be at least one restroom each with toilet and washing facilities for male and female located at the passenger accommodation area. In      addition, there shall be a common toilet and bath at the cabin area for a long haul trip. Tissue paper, soap and hand/paper towel shall also be provided.
  2.  Reception.  A receptionist shall be available to usher in guests.
  3. Refreshment and Dining Area.  There shall be a refreshment area which shall be well-stocked at all times. In case of long haul trips, a dining area capable of seating, at least, one-fourth (1/4) of the total passengers at one serving shall be     provided with appropriate and well-maintained furniture.
  4. Promenade Area.  There shall be a promenade or airing space at the upper deck    for the exclusive use of passengers.
  5. Baggage Area. There shall be a baggage area provided with racks or similar convenient and safe storage in the passenger accommodation areas.
  6. Service and Staff. Adequate number of well-trained, well-groomed, experienced, efficient and courteous staff shall be employed. They shall wear clean           uniforms at all times. Front-line staff shall have a good speaking knowledge of English.
  1. Lighting.  Adequate lighting arrangement and fixtures shall be installed in all levels of the vessels in accordance with the Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations.
  2. Life-saving equipment.  Adequate life-saving device shall be provided in accordance with the Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations.
  3. Communication Equipment.  Adequate communication equipment shall be provided in accordance with the Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations.

 

ARTICLE XII

TOURIST AIR TRANSPORT

 

SECTION 23. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.  For purposes of certification the following are the minimum requirements for the operation and maintenance of an air transport:

 

a.Life-saving device. Adequate life-saving devices shall be provided in accordance with the requirements prescribed by the Air Transportation Office.

 

b.Communication Equipment. Adequate communication equipment shall be provided in accordance with the requirements prescribed by the Air Transportation Office.

 

ARTICLE XIII

RESTAURANTS

 

SECTION 24. RESTAURANT REQUIREMENTS. – For purposes of certification, the following are the minimum requirements that must be complied with for restaurants:

 

a.Location.  The locality and environs including approaches shall be pleasant and provided with proper ingress for customers.

b.Parking.  It should be adequate, secured and provided free to customers.

c.Reception.  A reception shall be available to usher in guests. A waiting lounge with a telephone shall also be provided.

d.Dining Room.  Shall be adequate in size with sufficient and well-maintained furniture. Cleaning materials shall be kept clean at all times.

d.1. Atmosphere – The restaurant shall have a pleasant atmosphere.

d.2. Cuisine – There shall be a cuisine of good quality and presentation which may be of special interest to tourists available during normal meal hours and served with distinction. Raw food used shall meet minimum government and international standards of grading quality.

d.3. Menu Book– Shall be presentable, clean and easy to read with the menu items listed in logical sequence. All items shall be made available at all times on a best effort oasis.

d.4.Linen - All tables shall have clean tablecloth, napkins of good quality, not faded nor with frayed edges and should be changed after every service.

d.5. Crockery – No piece of crockery, cutlery and tableware in use shall be chipped, cracked or grazed. The silverware shall be kept polished and clean at al times.

e. Service and Staff.  Adequate number of well-trained, well-groomed, experienced, efficient and courteous staff shall be employed.

f. Bar.  The bar shall be well-stocked at all times.

g. Comfort Rooms.  Shall be of good quality fixtures and fittings and provided with running water. The floor and walls shall be covered with impervious materials of good quality workmanship and shall be kept clean and sanitary at all times. Tissue paper, soap, paper towels and/or hand drier shall be provided.

h. Kitchen.  The kitchen pantry and cold storage shall be in good operating condition at all times and shall be well-equipped and hygienic. Equipment necessary to maintain a high standard of sanitation and hygiene shall be installed and used.

i. Lighting.  Adequate lighting arrangement and fixtures shall be installed in the dining rooms, public rooms, comfort rooms, corridors and other public areas.

j. Maintenance.  All sections of the restaurant shall be maintained properly at all times. A periodic vermin control program shall be maintained for all establishments.

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Principal Author
Councilors Maricel G. Morales, E. Pamintuan, Indiongco, Aguas and Lacson