The Department of Tourism in Western Visayas has underscored gender sensitivity in tour guiding, Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said yesterday.
This was emphasized in the two-day training on gender sensitivity for DOT-trained and accredited tour guides in the province, conducted by DOT-Region 6, in partnership with the Negros Occidental Tourism Division, at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City that concluded yesterday.
The seminar, with 25 participants, is part of the continuing education program for local guides, Mansinares said.
“The activity highlighted a more gender-responsive policy and practices to continue a progressive tourism industry that is inclusive and resilient,” she said.
She added that it is also part of their effort to incorporate gender dimensions into tourism development and to push further equality in the tour guiding sector.
Topics tackled in the seminar by resource person Shangrila Quezon included basic gender and development concepts, gender mainstreaming, and GAD-related laws.
The training is under the agency’s Tourism Industry Skills Program aiming to reduce the skills gap and improve service levels, standard, and management, Mansinares said.*
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