City personnel trains on agri-tourism
The City Government, through the Local Economic and Investment Promotion Office (LEIPO), recently participated in a three-day Farm Tourism course in Metro Manila in a bid to promote agricultural tourism to farm owners in Puerto Princesa.
Catherine Fabelllorin, a staff of the LEIPO, said the course encourages farmers to utilize idle lands for farm tourism.
“Nag-undergo tayo nitong threeday course para ma-promote ang farm tourism. Kung sakaling merong mga farm owners na gustong mag-develop ng kanilang mga existing farms or idle lands para nitong farming tourism ay ma-impart sa kanila ang mga training tungkol dito,” she said.
She took the course on Farm Tourism 101 with Farm Guiding from October 1-3, 2018 which will help the city government’s effort to introduce farm tourism and uplift the economic condition of farm owners and farmers.
She bared plans of the LEIPO headed by Lorraine Banzuelo to capacitate the city’s farm owners as an initiative to encourage them and assist them in establishing their own farm that will be showcase for visitors and tourists.
In August, the City Council recognized Yamang Bukid, an agri-tourism farm located in Barangay Bacungan as an emerging farm tourism destination in the city.
Included in the training were people resources management, organic farming standards, Department of Tourism (DOT) Accreditations and Farm Tourism Initiatives, farm guiding, basic marketing, business development and creating packages.
The course was conducted by International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) based in Metro Manila, a corporation dedicated to education and technical training of manpower in order to viably operate sustainable tourism in the ASEAN countries.