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DENR-South Cotabato trains service crews of Lake Sebu resorts

General Santos City (28 April) -- Some 28 participants from different resorts and restaurants of Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato recently completed the two-day training course on Bar Tending and Waiting.

The activity was conducted on April 12-13, 2007 at the Green Valley College Foundation (GVCF) in Koronadal City.Ms. Graziel Doronila, GVCF's Head of the Hotel and Restaurant Management Department, was the main resource speaker.

The training was conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in South Cotabato under the auspices of the Lake Sebu Eco-tourism Development Project. It was "intended to enhance worker's capacity and improve productivity thereby promote quality service for the local and foreign tourists of Lake Sebu." It included competencies required for food and beverage service attendants including bar tenders such as table service, table and bar set-up, including preparation of wine recipes.

Actual demonstrations were made by Niel Dapatnapu and John Ryan Arsenal, GVCF top graduates, who concocted cocktail recipes of Pink Lady and Margarita, respectively complete with juggling and flipping of wine bottles and glasses. Afterwards, return demonstrations were made by the training participants.

In his message, South Cotabato Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Geronimo L. Sequito called on the graduates to continually improve their craft in order to attract more local and foreign tourists into their establishments simply because of their efficient and pleasant service delivery.The New Zealand-Funded Project strives to place Lake Sebu as one of the most sought-after vacation spot in South Central Mindanao.

Lake Sebu is known as the summer capital of South Cotabato with attractions such as its lakes, water falls, and other natural formations spiced up with a rich cultural heritage of the T'boli ethnic tribe.Regional Executive Director Jim O. Sampulna congratulated the participants and encouraged them to improve their work performance so that they will soon uplift their living condition and contribute to nation building. RED Sampulna's message was extended to the graduates by Ms. Manuela Calungsod-Locsin, DENR XII's Regional Public Affairs Office Chief.

The Lake Sebu Ecotourism Project started in 2005 and receives funding from the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID). It aims to promote Lake Sebu as a potential ecotourism site nationally and internationally. (DENR XII/PIA SarGen) [top]

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