The Black & White Movement is saddened by the resignation of Sec. Alberto A. Lim from the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Bertie took the helm of the DOT at a time of transition brought about by the New Tourism Act and the attendant problems that go with it, both from within the department and within the industry itself.
And yet, amidst these myriad problems, he pushed for “Open Skies” and successfully steered it through the bureaucracy until President Benigno S. Aquino III proclaimed it a policy through an Executive Order. In a few years we should see its positive impact on tourism.
In the process of working in government, Bertie made enemies from powerful vested interests that benefited from a regime of protectionism. And their constant attacks against Bertie made it increasingly more difficult for him to do his job.
We, his co-conveners, respect his decision to devote more time to his family and wish Bertie well in his future endeavors. - END