The Department of Tourism (DOT) is the primary government agency charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote, and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and employment and to spread the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sector.

The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain’s colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a “Walled City” comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.

In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.

Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations.

Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.

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Philippine Commission on the Promotion and Development of Sports SCUBA Diving

By the virtue of the Letter of Instruction no.745 issued Sept 29, 1978 the Philippine Commission on the Promotion and Development of Sports SCUBA Diving was created by then, Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The Commission is hereby mandated to:

  • 1. Promulgate programs and projects geared to the development of the country as a premier diving area in Asia.
  • 2. Formulate rules, regulations, safety standards and operating procedures to implement the development of Sports SCUBA Diving.
  • 3. The Commission shall undertake studies, researches and surveys for possible incentives to the private sector who may wish to undertake projects and programs beneficial to the development of SCUBA Diving Tourism within the framework of related Presidential Decrees.
  • 4. The Commission is expressly directed to formulate and implement programs on marine conservation, particularly those areas of high touristic value.

Strengthened by the Republic Act 9593 – Tourism Policy Act, Section 31:

  • 1. Attaching the PCSSD to the Department of Tourism
  • 2. Intensifying measures to provide the standard basic dive rules to all levels or kinds of divers
  • 3. To regulate SCUBA sports and technical diving in the country
  • 4. To coordinate closely with the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulations for accreditation processes