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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Tinglayan tour guides get First Aid, Basic Life Support training

Tinglayan, Kalinga – To better equip tour guides with the needed skills to protect the lives of tourists and visitors in this town, the Local Government Unit of Tinglayan in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection provided a two-day First Aid and Basic Life Support Training to 21 tour guides from May 3-4, 2022.

Said training is a requirement for tour guides to undertake before they are issued a license to operate. This is aside from attending the required seminar on quality service, on how to behave and deal with their clients. They were likewise briefed on how to properly promote their tour sites, the people, culture and traditions.

In an interview, Fire Officer III Jared Dunol said that the training conducted by BFP Tinglayan is a response to the request of the Municipal Tourism Office to re-orient the tour guides especially that the municipality has re-opened its tourism activities.

As recalled, tourism was opened on February 16 responding to the clamour of tourists wanting to visit the country’s ‘oldest mambabatok,’ while the Buscalan locals had also been requesting the revival of their source of livelihood, which was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fire Officer Dunol said that the participants were taught to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), bandaging, splinting, patient packaging and proper lifting of patients, which are vital in the performance of their jobs.

“Tour guides have great responsibilities, not only to show the tourists a good time, but they must ensure their safety at all costs,” the BFP Tinglayan officer said.

Reminders to tourists

For tourists who wished to visit Tinglayan, Municipal Information Officer Larae Lactao reminded that they are required to present a vaccine card for entry. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, tourists must present a negative RT-PCR Test result taken within 72 hours prior their travel.

Upon entry in the municipality, the tourists are required to register at the Municipal Information Center.

“For those coming from Bontoc, entry would be at Iker, Bugnay tourist information center. If from Tabuk, it would be at Poblacion Tourist Information Center,” she said.

Aside from the registration, tourists are also required to pay an environmental fee of P100 at the Information Centers. The fund will be utilized in the maintenance and preservation of the municipality's cleanliness and protection of its sites.

After complying with said requirements, a guest control stub will be issued to the tourist and a tour guide will be assigned to them from Tinglayan Tour Guide Association.


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