A 24-day training for tour guides in Negros Oriental has been set for May 9 to June 4, spearheaded by the Department of Tourism in partnership with the provincial government of Negros Oriental, the city government of Dumaguete, and St. Paul University-Dumaguete.
Provincial senior tourism operations officer Myla Mae Abellana said the training, to be held at the SPUD audio-visual room, offers better opportunities for tour guide enthusiasts who could earn from P1,500 to as much as P2,500 a day, if one is accredited by the DOT.
The DOT accreditation also entitles the tour guide to engage in such services in other parts of the country and charge the appropriate rate, as long as that person is knowledgeable of the area, she added.
An accreditation fee of P9,000 will be charged, inclusive of daily lunch and two snacks for the training period, a three-day city and countryside tours, training kit, and a certificate, Abellana said.
She said that prior to admission to training, the applicant will have to undergo an IQ examination which will be conducted by the Guidance Services Office at SPUD, and a qualifying screening. Application forms are now available at the Provincial Tourism Office and the Dumaguete City Tourism Office and must be accomplished and submitted to either office by Wednesday, April 20. (PNA)scs/jfp/PR