February 9, 2023

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda has filed an ordinance seeking to institutionalize a community tour guiding program to boost the tourism program of the city.

The proposed ordinance was approved on first reading last April 25 and was referred to the city council committee on tourism, special events, parks, and playgrounds.

Under the proposed program, residents and community members shall be oriented and trained to act as tour guides in various tourist and historical sites in the city.

Residents in places that are frequented by tourists such as Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Botanical Garden, and Lourdes Grotto shall be given preference in the selection of trainees.

The City Tourism and Special Events Division under the City Administrator’s Office shall lead in the implementation of the program. Assisted by the Department of Tourism-Cordillera, the City Tourism Division shall formulate the guidelines and provide the training.

According to Tabanda, this will promote awareness and further appreciation of the city’s tourist and historical sites not only for tourists but also for residents and provide income to the locals. 

In her proposal, she said tourism boosts the economy and creates more jobs. 

“Tourism is a major source of revenue for the city and its people. It brings in income and employment, thus, propelling the city’s progress and development,” Tabanda said.

The councilor stressed the crucial role of tour guiding in local tourism. She said tour guides may not necessarily be professionals but are at least well equipped to conduct tour guiding services that are at par with the services given by professionals.

“Tour guiding shall serve as a livelihood program of the city to generate income for the residents who are still rising above the impact of the pandemic,” she added. – Jordan G. Habbiling