Once Islas frontliners,guides complete training Print
Saturday, 28 April 2018 14:59

Thirty-four (34) residents nominated by the Barangays of Panubigan and Dita finished the three-day community guiding orientation conducted by the City Tourism Office at the Panubigan Barangay Hal/l from April 24 to 26.

The community guides completed the training about basic reception and community guiding in line with the implementation of Ordinance 2018-16, otherwise known as the Once Islas Ordinance.

It also includes practices on environmental protection and conservation, historical facts and basic information about the barangays of Panubigan and Dita and the islands of Baung-Baung, Bisaya-Bisaya, Buh-Buh and Sirommon.

The three-day orientation included a one-on-one assessment, a written examination and mock tour held during the last day of the activity.

The scores of the participants were summed up and ranked as only the participants included among the top 20 will be included in the priority list for actual assignment of community guiding once the islands are open to the public.

The mock tour, conducted by each of the participants, was an initial simulation of an actual tour involving a large group of guests.

The training was welcomed and accepted by the locals and gave them a whole new perspective about community guiding and the natural wealth possessed by the barangays.

City Tourism Officer Sarita Sebastian said that the opening of the Once Islas opens a window of opportunities to the residents of Panubigan and Dita in terms of community empowerment, tribal cooperation and increasing their economic productivity.

Mayor Beng Climaco- Salazar conferred certificates of attendance to participants and awarded three promising community guides, namely Ibrahim Hapi, Aloisa Rojas and Yunus Samson during the last day of the three-day event.  (Ciudad Zamboanga)