Lacierda statement on Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim Resignation


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the resignation of Alberto A. Lim as Tourism Secretary
[Released on August 12, 2011]
Last Monday, the President accepted the resignation of Alberto A. Lim as Secretary of Tourism, effective August 31, 2011. The resignation was announced today to permit Mr. Lim to attend the MICE Conference.
During his period of service as Secretary of Tourism, international visitors increased to an unprecedented level: over 3.7 million arrivals between July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. This was an increase of over half a million visitors over the previous 12-month period. Domestic travelers increased from 25 to 28 million. An estimated 400,000 jobs were created as a result.
Mr. Lim was the chief advocate of the Pocket Open Skies Policy, the landmark breakthrough from the protectionist policies of the past.
All these are remarkable achievements. He has been a conscientious and highly dedicated member of the President’s official family. He has put in place enduring policy foundations for tourism’s growth in fulfillment of the President’s vision; and he has done so with tenacity, integrity, and vigor. We wish Mr. Lim every continued success, as he returns to private life, to enjoy more time with his family.