DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat delivers her message in front of the Tecson House in San Miguel, Bulacan. The tourism chief said that her mother, Rosie Lovely Tecson-Romulo, is related to Simon Tecson, the original owner of the house.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has set its eyes on Bulacan to help the province’s tourism sector recover from economic losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of its long-term recovery plans for the province, the DOT aims to promote farm tourism in Calumpit, culinary tourism in Malolos and Marilao, and ecotourism sites in San Miguel, Doña Remedios Trinidad, San Rafael, and Norzagaray.

The DOT will provide the required technical assistance to ecotourism sites in the province for their safe reopening to tourists.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat visited the Tecson House, a cultural and tourism spot located in San Miguel, Bulacan. 

The tourism chief vowed to help bring in more tourists to Bulacan, noting her deep roots in the province.

“I’m really looking forward to spending the day in historic Bulacan, reminiscing about the stories I heard growing up. As you might know, my family has deep roots in this province. My mother, being a Tecson, is related to Simon Tecson, the original owner of this house,” Puyat said during her speech.  

“So much history happened here in Bulacan, and when the province opens to tourism, we will make sure that more people from the NCR region will spend a day or more touring its heritage structures and ancestral homes and learning more about the birth of our nation,” she added.

Jose Marron, one of the accredited tour guides of Biak-na-Bato National Park, receives the certificate of accreditation from DOT Secretary Berna in a ceremonial awarding

To further help in promoting Bulacan, the Department’s Office of Product and Market Development (OPMD) approved the Food Mapping project in Bulacan, which will involve a series of capability building seminars and workshops, food inventory and audit, among others, in different municipalities and cities in the province.

Currently, Bulacan has 62 existing and newly accredited accommodation establishments, 55 of which are now operational.