Women in DavSur trains for Mt. Apo ecoguiding

November 25, 2014 11:52 pm 

By Cherry Mae D. Palicte

STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur, Nov. 24 (PNA) -– Ten women tour guides from this town underwent training from Nov. 17-20 on Mt. Apo Ecoguiding, a program designed to develop young adventurous women to be actively involved in the emerging tour guiding industry within the Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) as well as a guiding interpretation in the natural/cultural areas and nature-based activities in MANP.

A total of 35 participants from the different municipalities of this province completed the four-day training held at Shark Beach Resort in Digos City. The training was assisted by the USAID-funded Biodiversity and Watershed Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystems Resilience (B+WISER).

The course included an Overview of Philippine Tourism, Indigenous Communities and Cultures of the People of Mt. Apo, Sustainable Tourism and Ecology, MANP Flora and Fauna, and Introduction to Guest Relations and Reception.

Other topics were on: Effective Customer Service and Work Values Formation, Duties and Responsibilities of Tour Guides, Preparing Tour itinerary and Conducting Tour Commentary, First Aid and Basic Life Support, Basic Mountaineering Course, Wilderness Emergencies and Jungle Survival and Land Navigation and Orienteering.

Participants were also trained on various areas and fields of specialization that will lead them through their career in tour guiding. (PNA)



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