Country’s Top Tourism Stakeholders and Security Professionals Convene for Tourism Security and Safety Conference 2016


DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES – Tourism Security and Safety Conference 2016 brings together the country’s top security professionals, major players in the tourism sector, and other stakeholders for three days of knowledge-sharing, learning, and networking opportunity in an aim to foster security and safety awareness and address security concerns within the industry.

Happening on August 24-26, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier in Davao City, Philippines, the three-day event will feature plenary and breakout sessions on the first two days and a city tour on the third day.

Guest of Honor is newly appointed Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo, herself a veteran in the tourism industry with over two decades of experience running her own travel agency, Mt. Apo Travel and Tours.  Secretary Teo is the president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) and an active member of Davao Travel Agencies Association (DTAA), Davao Association of Tour Operators (DATO), and Davao Regional Tourism Council (DRTC).

Delivering the keynote address will be esteemed diplomat Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Jr. The former ambassador was the Director General of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference 2015 National Organizing Council (NOC). Ambassador Paynor also chaired the Palace Inaugural Committee that handled the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.

He is currently the Managing Director of Corporate Support Services of Ayala Corporation.

The conference will feature presentations addressing issues affecting tourism-related enterprises in the areas of the 5As – Arrival, Access, Accommodations, Activities, and Attractions.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include Siegfred Bueno Mison, Esq, SVP Legal and Corporate Communications, Philippine Airlines; Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, Ph.D, Professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, UP Diliman and Executive Director of Project NOAH, Department of Science and Technology; Lamont Siller, FBI Legal Attache, U.S. Embassy Manila; Dean Danny Cabulay, CPA, MBA; Bingen Mendezona, CSP, CST, Vice President for Security, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.; Danilo M. Pineda, CSP, CiHS, CSMS, CCSM, President, Accommodation Establishments Security and Safety Coordinating Council, Inc. (AESSCCI) and Corporate Associate Director of Security, The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc. (TDLCI); Dr. Ted Esguerra, Disaster and Crisis Lead, Energy Development Corporation and Operational Medicine Instructor, International Disaster Response Network; Martin Aguda, CSP, ICPS, CMPP, M1 Events Risk Management Consultant; and Augustus Caesar Esmeralda, CPP, CLSS, ICPS, CLSO, President and Managing Director, Ace and Associates Risk Management, Inc. (AAA).

Recognizing the pivotal role of security and safety in the advancement of the tourism industry in the country, attendees from both public and private sectors have signed up for the conference. These include government officials from different LGUs and agencies across the country; hoteliers; restaurateurs; tour guides and tour operators; airlines and aviation personnel; media practitioners; advertising and event management practitioners; security professionals, and other stakeholders from different tourism-related enterprises.

The conference is supported by ASIS International Philippines Chapter and the Accommodation Establishments Security and Safety Coordinating Council, Inc. (AESSCCI).

Tourism Security and Safety Conference is one of the initiatives of the Asset Protection Series (Conferences, Events, Lectures, and Meetings) of SecurityMatters Consultancy in partnership with the PROtecTOURS program of Ace And Associates Risk Management, Inc.