Baguio lacks accredited tour guides-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
BAGUIO City, the Summer Capital and one of the top tourist destinations in the country, ironically, only has three accredited tour guides.
Department of Tourism Regional Director Purificacion Molintas revealed that Baguio has been outnumbered by other destinations like Sagada and Banaue, which have at least more than a dozen accredited tour guides.
Molintas said most of the accredited tour guides in the city are connected with existing travel and tours companies but many others operating within the city remain unaccredited by the DOT despite being mandatory as provided in the Tourism Code of 2009.
She encouraged Baguio residents to undergo training at the DOT for them to be able to become accredited tour guides.
Tour guiding, Molintas stressed, is an important line of work which is now being given focus by the agency. It helps promote tourism destinations in Baguio and the Cordillera region, gives security and quality services to foreign and domestic tourists as well as improves services rendered by other tourism service providers.
The Tourism Code of 2009 mandates Primary tourism enterprises including Tourism service providers to be accredited by the Department of Tourism.
Accredited tour guides must first express their intent to join, attend and complete a 26-day Regional Tour Guiding Seminar to be held in October.
An applicant must be: a Filipino citizen of good moral character, fluent in the English language and finished at least two years of college education.
Application forms are now available at the DOT-Cordillera Administrative Region office and the deadline of submission of applications is on September 18.
Applicants to the Local Tour Guiding Program will undergo a pre-screening process and interview on September 19.
A registration fee of P5,000 to cover expenses for meals and seminar kits will be collected from applicants who pass the pre-screening process and are willing to complete and finish the training program.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2013.