DOT signs MOA with SB Corp to finalize CARES for TRAVEL program

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Monday to finalize the COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) for Tourism Rehabilitation and Vitalization of Enterprises and Livelihood (TRAVEL) program that will extend loan assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the tourism industry.

Signed by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and SB Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer

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DOT provides P8-M budget for COVID-19 testing in Boracay

The Department of Tourism (DOT), through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), will provide a total of P8 million to the provincial government of Aklan to cover the cost of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for the island’s 4,000 tourism workers, as it expects more local tourist arrivals in the coming months.

“By supporting RT-PCR testing among workers in Boracay, the Department reiterates that safety is the unparalleled priority

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DOT refuses air travel mask mandate as President Trump travels to Walter Reed

Minutes before President Trump departed by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center for hospitalization following his COVID diagnosis, on October 2nd, the Department of Transportation (DOT) denied Flyers Rights’ emergency rulemaking petition requesting the DOT mandate a mask rule for all persons on airplanes and at airports, with some health, disability, and operational exceptions.  

The DOT articulated three justifications for denying Flyers Rights’ rulemaking petition: First, DOT claimed that it

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DOT Refuses Air Travel Mask Mandate as President Trump Travels To Walter Reed, Reports FlyersRights.org

DOT Refuses Air Travel Mask Mandate as President Trump Travels To Walter Reed, Reports FlyersRights.org

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020

DOT denied the need for Flyers Rights’ rulemaking on the grounds that “most” airlines currently voluntarily adopt various forms of a mask rule and the notion that less regulation is better

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Minutes before President Trump departed by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical

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NTSB tells DOT to follow 2014 audit recommendations

ALBANY  — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the state Department of Transportation adopt the recommendations of a 2014 audit by the state comptroller’s office that found that the DOT did not follow up enough to ensure that commercial vehicles that had been placed out-of-service had the required repairs done to make them safe.

The recommendation was one of six that the NTSB adopted Tuesday as part of … Read More