TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing more well-trained tourism workers in Samar province with the offering of tourism training program in senior high school (SHS).
DOT Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said the Department of Education (DepEd) Samar division has picked tourism as a banner training program for SHS considering that it is the priority of the provincial government.
The skills training will center on housekeeping, restaurant operation, bartending, and tour guiding.
“We looked at the possibility that there are some marginalized areas where students couldn’t really afford to go to college but want to be employed in a tourism industry. They need skills that will help them find a decent job in the tourism industry,” Tiopes said.
The training has started this school year and the tourism department hopes to replicate the program in other provinces of the region.
Prior to offering tourism in the academic tracks, the local government, DOT, and DepEd trained 58 teachers and drafted the teaching modules.
Part of the training is the tour to tourism-related establishments in Samar province to observe and practice.
After the training, they will also be brought to Manila to observe the standards of services and facilities in different tourism establishment and training centers.