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People, Planet, Profit: On the economics of sustainable tourism in Asia

Last November 10, 2018, the AIM-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism conducted a round table discussion (RTD) during the 6th National Business and Management Conference  titled “People, Planet, Profit: On the economics of sustainable tourism in Asia”.

The RTD covers the initial research work done by contributing authors to the book project initiated by the AIM-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism entitled, People, Planet, Profit: The Economics of Sustainable Tourism in Asia. The editor of the book includes Dr. Maria Cherry Lyn S. Rodolfo, Dr. John Paolo R. Rivera, Dr. Fernando Martin Y. Roxas, and Ms. Eylla Laire M. Gutierrez.

This book deals with the contemporary theoretical, conceptual and empirical issues faced by economic agents in their pursuit of sustainable tourism.  The role of tourism economics has become more pronounced with the growing significance of tourism as an economic activity today especially in Asia, home of major tourism generating markets such as China, India and major destinations such as the ASEAN economies for tourists and investments. The economic opportunities from tourism and the ongoing regional economic integration are driving changes in the behavior of national tourism organizations, policy makers, destination managers and business enterprises including the micro, small and medium enterprises. The book aims to serve as key resource material in achieving a broader and deeper understanding of the current opportunities and challenges of sustainable tourism in the Philippines and in Asia.

The RTD started with the presentation of Ms. Jonalyn Baquillas (De La Salle University) on Sustainable Consumption and production: Passport to greening the tourism value chain.  She is writing this chapter with Dr. Raymund B. Habaradas (De La Salle University). Their study highlights the intricacies of the tourism value chain and sustainable consumption/production by using a multiple case study design (4 cases – Kinabalu National Park, Zero Carbon Resorts Project, Indochina Junk, and The Circle Hostel) and a macro level and organizational level assessment on sustainability initiatives.

The second presentation by Mr. Christopher Ed C. Caboverde (AIM-Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness) entitled Promoting sustainable tourism through E-Commerce focuses on addressing the question: “How e-commerce promotes sustainable tourism, specifically in increasing value chain efficiency?” This study is co-authored with Ms. Eylla Laire M. Gutierrez (AIM-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism). Their study aims to highlight the critical role of e-commerce in sustainable tourism.

The presentation of Dr. Daryl Ace V. Cornell (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) with Ms. Luzviminda O. Tugade (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) entitled Urban attractiveness of smart city as a framework for emerging demand and supply of tourism products and services showcased the emerging demand and supply components in a smart urban tourism setting.

Dr. Reil G. Cruz (UP-Asian Institute of Tourism) presented his chapter on Instruments for Sustainable Tourism. The study will survey the different policy and economic instruments for sustainable tourism.

Ms. Eylla Laire M. Gutierrez (AIM-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism) presented her chapter with Dr. John Paolo R. Rivera (AIM-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism) on Establishing cointegration between outbound tourism and economic growth in the Philippines. The study addresses the question: “How can we establish long run relationship between outbound tourism and economic growth?” and “What are the implications of the existence of this long run relationship?”

After the presentations, Dr. Maria Cherry Lyn S. Rodolfo (The Asia Foundation) discussed the common thread of all presentations – creating a strong network among tourism stakeholders and multiple disciplines as the book can serve as a reference material for students (tourism, economics, urban and regional planning, business and the social sciences), policy makers, and business enterprises. She encouraged authors to emphasize more of Philippine and Asian issues in the country and the region.

DLSU-CBRD conducts consumer protection workshop for ASEAN government officials

The first batch of participants of the “Validation Workshop for Developing Teaching Tools in Six Consumer Protection Priority Sectors” pose with the DLSU-CBRD team led by Dr. Divina Edralin (seated, 6th from left). Also in the photo are representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat Ms. Sarah Firdaus (seated, 7th from left) and Ms. Clarissa Permata Abiwijaya (seated leftmost).

The second batch of participants of the “Validation Workshop for Developing Teaching Tools in Six Consumer Protection Priority Sectors” pose with the DLSU-CBRD team led by Dr. Divina Edralin (seated, 6th from left). Also in the photo are representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat Ms. Sarah Firdaus (seated, 7th from left) and Ms. Clarissa Permata Abiwijaya (seated leftmost).

As producers are expected to make their products and services safe for consumers, government must ensure that regulatory mechanisms on consumer protection are not only enforced but also properly communicated to the general public. This is the gist of the five-day consumer protection workshop conducted by a team of consultants formed by the De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development (DLSU CBRD).

The workshop, which was funded by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP), was held on September 3 to 7 at Pan Pacific Manila. It focused on consumer protection in six priority sectors: (1) consumer credit and banking, (2) product safety and labeling, (3) environment, (4) phones, internet services, and e-commerce, (5) healthcare services, and (6) professional services. Government officials and employees from the different ASEAN member states attended the workshop as part of their training in consumer protection.

Titled “Validation Workshop for Developing Teaching Tools in Six Consumer Protection Priority Sectors” or simply “Training of Trainers” (TOT), the workshop utilized training manuals and other materials developed by the DLSU-CBRD team based on Technical Manuals provided by the ASEAN Secretariat. The DLSU-CBRD team is composed mostly of DLSU faculty members, namely Dr. Divina Edralin (team leader), Dr. Jaime Cempron, Dr. Emiliano Hudtohan, Dr. Ronald Pastrana, Dr. Ana Lisa Asis-Castro, and Ms. Jennelyn Gannaban. Providing technical expertise are other DLSU faculty members, namely Dr. Anthony S.F. Chiu, Dr. Nelson Celis, and Mr. Benel Lagua.

The main goal of the TOT was to assess whether the training manuals and the proposed training methods will be useful to the different ASEAN government officials and employees, who are expected to echo the training they received so as to expand the pool of consumer protection advocates in their respective countries. The TOT covered a variety of topics on consumer protection such as substantive consumer protection issues, pre-market interventions, post-market interventions, and redress mechanisms. More importantly, the workshop participants were exposed to a variety of training methods such as interactive lectures, group discussions, case analysis, role plays, and structured learning activities. The feedback given by the participants will be used to improve the design of the training manuals before these are made available to concerned government agencies ASEAN-wide.

DLSU, ASEAN universities discuss potential academic partnerships through research workshop

The original news article first appeared at The Lasallian: 

http://thelasallian.com/2017/06/24/dlsu-asean-universities-discuss-potential-academic-partnerships-through-research-workshop/

Last June 23, the DLSU Center for Business Research and Development conducted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Academic Partnerships for Small Business and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Knowledge Transfer at the 20th floor multipurpose hall of the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall together with practitioners and academicians from DLSU, Mahidol University, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Victoria University, and Australia-ASEAN Council.

During the opening remarks, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely stated, “I’d like to congratulate the organizing team for putting together this event today and promoting the concept of academic partnerships for ICT knowledge transfer. Through initiatives like these, we will be able to improve the efficiency of business and knowledge transfer in the ASEAN region. This will also help improve small businesses and economic development in the region.”

The event highlighted several research papers about the ASEAN small and medium enterprise (SME) sector and sought to establish potential collaborative research projects among the practitioners and academicians present in the event. Among some of these researches include the challenges and opportunities of SMEs and ICT, and the SME Development Plan. Undergraduate students also presented their papers on Facebook content creation and user engagement of social enterprises, and online crowdfunding as a source of startup capital.

Fifty years since the establishment of the ASEAN, member nations are now moving towards sustainable development and inclusive growth following the significant improvement of the standards of living in ASEAN countries. As the central theme of the research workshop, the ASEAN countries are called to “strive to sustain scientific, socio-cultural, technological, economic, and political growth driven by innovation, efficiency, peace, security, stability, prosperity, and social progress.” One important aspect of this growth is the SME sector.

According to 2015 data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are over 900, 914 establishments in the country, 99.5 percent of which are micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) and the remaining 0.5 percent of which are large enterprises. Moreover, of this number, 896, 839 MSMEs are in wholesale and retail trade.

ASEAN academics attend first day of Melbourne workshop on SME / ICT

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Two De La Salle University (DLSU) faculty members joined academics from Australia and several ASEAN countries in a workshop on the use of ICT to assist small businesses. Dr. Raymund Habaradas and Ms. Paz Esperanza Poblador of the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (RVRCOB) represented DLSU in the five-day workshop in Victoria University, which also included the following participants: Dr. Stephen Burgess, Dr. Rafael Paguio, and Dr. Carmine Sellitto of Victoria University; Dr. Noor Fadhina Mokhtar and Dr. Kalsitnoor Set of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu; Dr. Chanchai Phontanukitithaworn and Dr. Yingyot Chiaravutthi of Mahidol University International College.

Highlights of the first day (March 13, 2017) included presentations by Sellitto, Burgess, and Dr. Scott Bingley of Victoria University, Selvi Kannan of Seasons Farming, Rachel Bernardo of Western Gems Tours.