Farm Tourism Law, Philippines

Republic Act 10816 aims to draft a comprehensive program to support farm tourism in the country. The law also aims to give access to loans for farm tourism operators and practitioners so that there would be more farm tourism camps and activities in the Philippines and develop the country’s agri-tourism,” Pangilinan said.Under the new law, a Farm Tourism Development Board shall be composed of the Tourism Secretary as the chairperson; Agriculture Secretary as the vice chairperson while members include the Trade Secretary; the president of an educational institution providing farm tourism programs; the president of a national farm tourism organization; the president of a national inbound tour operations association and the president of a national federation of farmers cooperatives.The Farm Tourism Development Board shall formulate plans and programs for the development and promotion of farm tourism in the country and shall set the overall direction for the implementation of the Farm Tourism Strategic Action Plan.The action plan shall include investment promotion and financing, market research, trends, innovations, and information; accreditation of farm tourism camps, institution and human resource development, and infrastructure development.Accreditation of farm tourism camps shall be on a voluntary basis and shall be valid for two years. However, accreditation may be suspended or revoked for any violation of the standards.

Source: Farm Tourism Law to Raise Incomes of Farmers, Fisherfolk: Pangilinan – Official Website of Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

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