Alegria, Cebu – The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) started training about 40 local tour guides and some tour operators from two municipalities last August 3.
A composite team of 20 men each from Alegria and Badian towns that applied for accreditation will comprise the first batch of tour guides and operators in the canyoneering activity for the said towns.
In the Executive Order No. 4 issued recently, Governor Hilario P. Davide III directed the PDRRMO to provide free training to accredited tour guides for the canyoneering activity.
“Dako kaayo among pasalamat sa lakang nga gibuhat ni Gov ug PDRRMO sa pagtudlo nga ang atong mga guides andam na unya kung engkaso dunay mahitabo sa atong mga guests,” said Alegria-LDRRMO Head Mae Listones.
Before the re-opening of the canyoneering this September, the guides will be equipped with necessary skills to deal with accidents while engaging the activity.
“Nalipay ug mapasalamaton kaayo mi nga duna gibuhat ang probinsiya para mas safety among mga guest ug apil na among kaugalingun, ug dakong tabang na kini namo kay gihatag nga libre,” expressed Noel Cabaron, a guide from Barangay Matutinao, Badian .
The Alegria group included 29-year old Arqui Genaldo and Heriz Jill Aspacio, 26, who are employed as guides for tourists and guests with special needs.
DOH standard modules
The guides and operators will undergo a ladderized training module that includes Basic Life Support (BLS), Basic Rope Rescue (BRR) and Swift Water Rescue (SWR) trainings.
These PDRRMO modules are in line with the Department of Health (DOH) standards.
“You (guides/operators) have to pass the written and practical exam before given the certification as part of your accreditation processing,” said PDRRMO Training Team Leader Dennis Chiong.
Regulation and Guidelines
Davide also directed PDRRMO to continue its technical support and assistance to the local governments of Badian and Alegria in the formulation of appropriate guidelines and safety rules and regulations. The guides are also required to submit themselves to a drug test before being accepted in the training. (Chad Cordova Bacolod)