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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, March 8, 2011
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DoT sets tour
guides training

The Department of Tourism will train tour guides in Negros Oriental to address the scarcity of DOT-accredited tourist guides.

The training will run from May 9 to June 4, at the Sidlakan Village Conference Hall, with the trainors coming from the  regional office in Cebu City, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

The Provincial Tourism Office is calling on interested college graduates of any age with a know-how in the local tourism industry to join the 24-day training.

Applicants must submit to the PTO their accomplished application forms available at PTO and the Dumaguete City Tourism Office, a one 1X1 ID picture, and proof of academic achievements, such as diploma, transcript of records, training certificates if applicable, provincial tourism officer Myla Mae Abellana was quoted in the press release as saying.

Deadline is on or before March 31, and applicants will be screened in the first week of April, Abellana added.

Records from the PTO show there are currently around only seven DOT-accredited tour guides operating in the province.

The number have dwindled over the years as some of the guides trained by DOT in previous years have either left the industry or went abroad, Lorraine Gamboa, a PTO staff, said.*PIA



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