Ernesto C. Mandigma JR. & Faustino I. De Chavez
The study aimed to assess the tourism education program of the De La Salle Schools in Region IV-A, Philippines, as input to the proposed sustainability management plan. It focused on the status of tourism education and its internal and external environment. The descriptive method of research was utilized in this study with the questionnaire as the main data gathering instrument. The study was a mixture of quantitative and qualitative study. This was supplemented by interview and focused group discussion (FGD). There were three groups of respondents with a total of 359 composed of 13 administrators, 42 faculty members, and 304 students/alumni of De La Salle Schools in Region IV-A. Weighted mean, ranking, Pearson Product Moment of Correlation Coefficient were the statistical tools used to come up with the answers to the specific problems. Results indicate that Lasallian Schools in Region IV-A is directed by its own vision, mission, goals and objectives being an institution of excellence in education, service as well as virtue. The administrators, faculty members and students/alumni assessed the status of tourism education program to be highly evident in terms of organization and administration, curriculum and instruction, students’ services, research and extension, library resources and physical plant and facilities. The administrators, faculty members and students/alumni have the same assessment on the internal environment of tourism education program which is highly evident. The three groups of respondents assessed the external environment of tourism education program as highly evident relative to political, economic, socio cultural and technological aspects. The internal environment has high significant relationship with the external environment of tourism education program relative to political, economic, socio cultural and technological aspects as assessed by faculty members and student/ alumni. A sustainability management plan was proposed so that policy makers can improve several approaches in tourism education program.
Keywords: Tourism education, sustainability, internal environment, external environment, management plan