Tour guide training held

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

THIRTY-SEVEN individuals and members of an adventure group have undergone a week-long Eco-Guides/Mountain Guides training conducted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

DOT Regional Director Mary June Bugante said the training was designed to accredit eco-guides and mountain guides, specifically for Mt. Timolan.

Mt. Timolan is the highest peak in Zamboanga del Sur and is one of the tourist destinations in the Zamboanga Peninsula region. It has an area of 2,691,189 hectares, spanning in six barangays in the municipality of Tigbao and one each in Guipos and San Miguel towns.


Bugante said the participants of the training were residents of seven of the 18 villages of Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur, and members of the Pundok sa Aktibong Pagadianong Adbenturero organization of Pagadian City.

Some of the topics include gender and development, overview of the Philippine tourism industry, history and culture, effective customer service and tour guiding techniques, childwise tourism and sustainable tourism and ecology.

Also discussed were flora and fauna and bird watching, introduction to mountaineering, basic caving, compass and map reading and wilderness emergencies and jungle survival.

The resource speakers were Marilou Silorio and Wenceslao Galeza of the DOT regional office; Mr. Roderick Gonzales of DOT central office; Renefe Tremedal of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; Jaime Barrientos, a DOT-accredited speaker for tour guiding accreditation; Evangeline Estoconing of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Anthony Arbias and Adrian Constantino of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines; and, Edwin Aguilar, Melchor Padilla and Larry Andres of the Makati City Disaster Risk and Response Management Office.

Bugante said they will also conduct a similar workshop on cave guiding for Zamboanga del Norte.

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