SPEAKERS | Rolando Cañizal

Mr. Rolando Cañizal is the Undersecretary for Administration and Special Concerns of the Department of Tourism (DOT). He is responsible for implementing the budgeting and planning reforms in the Department.
He institutionalized the Organizational Performance Indicator Framework in the DOT and is currently mainstreaming the Program Expenditure Framework. He is a strong advocate for linking the development plan with budget programming and expenditure.
Prior to his appointment, he was the Assistant Secretary for Tourism Development Planning of the Department where he initiated the convergence program between the DOT and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on enhancing road access to tourist destinations. As one of the most successful convergence initiatives, it paved the way towards introducing in the budget process the link between an Industry Plan or Roadmap with Budget Preparation. Today, the DOT-DPWH Convergence serves as a model of how a transparent, judicious, and wholistic concept can influence the budget process towards transforming communities and creating livelihood and employment opportunities for many people in the rural areas with touristic appeal.
Mr. Cañizal is one among those who rose from the ranks in the Department of Tourism, having started his career as Staff Assistant with the Policy Formulation and Evaluation Division, then becoming the Chief of the Regional Development Planning Division, and eventually the Director for the Office of Tourism Planning, Research and Information Management.
He has handled the Department’s international tourism cooperation program with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). He also spearheaded the implementation of various programs of said organizations in the Philippines along the areas of policy analysis, planning, statistics, global and sustainable tourism, and governance.
In 2010 and 2016, he led the ASEAN National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) and the APEC Tourism Working Group (TWG) in the formulation of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan and the APEC Tourism Strategic Plan, respectively. These plans are lauded by the other organizations as the most comprehensive document that enable the link of tourism with other sectors in the economy, such as transportation, infrastructure, travel facilitation, standards, investments, among others. He was also responsible in various bilateral and international agrements of the Department, including the General Agreement on Trade in Services and Free Trade Agreements.
As a junior staff, Mr. Cañizal was involved in the preparation of the 20-year Philippine Tourism Master Plan in 1991 and was the lead coordinator for the formulation and implementation of the Philippines’ National Ecotourism Strategy in 2001, which lead to the development of an Ecotourism Standard and Certification Program, as well as pilot programs involving indigenous peoples, women, out-of-school youth, fishermen and local communities.
In 2011 and 2016, he spearheaded the formulation of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) pursuant to Republic Act No 9593. Today, the NTDP pvovides the blueprint for the rationale development of the tourism industry towards a more competitive, sustainable and inclusive path. It is also one of the tourism plans that enable strong and active participation of the industry and various stakeholders. His other accomplishments include the development of tourism convergence program with the Department of Transportation, Department of Social Welfare and Development and other support agencies to tourism, and the instutionalization of capacity building program on local tourism statistics to harmonize data collection and reporting among tourism establishments and local govenrment units. He has also worked on various technical assistance programs with the Asian Development Bank, the Canadian Government, World Bank, USAID, UNEP and the New Zealand Aid Program.
Mr. Cañizal earned his Masteral Degree on Government Management at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Bachelor Degree on Economics at the Lyceum of the Philippines.