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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012


TESDA sets first ever training course on tour guiding in Batanes

BASCO, Batanes, January 19 (PIA) -- The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) will be conducting the first ever training course on tour guiding in the province starting January 21.

Juanita Acacio TESDA administrative officer said the training is set for 196 hours or 25 days at the TESDA-supervised school, the Batanes Technical Skills Development Center.

Acacio said the tour guiding course is designed to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes of an individual in the field of tour guiding services (TGS) national certificate (NC) ll, such as coordinating tour program/ itinerary; guiding and accompanying tourists in the locality in accordance with industry standards.

“The course will cover basic, common and core competencies so that TESDA will no longer hire tour guiding trainers from outside Batanes in the future trainings because the product of this training could already serve as future trainers,” Acacio after this tour guiding training course.

The lead lecturer on tour guiding will be Dr. Florecita Barsana Acacio, an Australia-based Ivatan. She is the hospitality management consultant, and University of the Philippines curriculum consultant on hospitality management.

The local trainers are National Certificate (NC II) holders Rogelio Doplito, an employee of the provincial government, and Juliet Cataluña, a national broadsheet correspondent.

Doplito is a private part time tour guide for the past eight years, tour guiding local and foreign tourists to historical sites in Batanes Islands. On the other hand, Cataluña was the former chairman of the Batanes Eco-tourism cooperative for five years and had been tour guiding in her private capacity for the past seven years. (TCB/NGA/PIA Batanes)

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