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PWU Balanga campus officials see growth of Philippine tourism

Business Mirror
Written by Butch Gunio / Correspondent
WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH 2010 20:18

BALANGA CITY, Bataan—Officials of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) branch here said they are expanding tourism-related courses to accommodate more students and help prepare for the expected growth of the Philippine tourism industry.

School officials said they expect the local tourism industry to grow, and need people educated and trained in tourism. “Compared to our neighboring Asian countries, we still lag behind in terms of the number of tourist arrivals probably because of the peace- and order problem in Mindanao, yet this will surely grow,” said Val Toral, the school’s administrator.

In the recent celebration of the school’s eighth Foundation Day, campus officials bared plans to widen tourism-related courses to accommodate more students.

As part of the strengthening of the campus tourism department, Toral said, the campus has been supporting the tourism activities and thrusts of the Bataan provincial government and the Balanga city government.

Recently, a pack of tour guides from the PWU Balanga assisted officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and bird experts in the conduct of a census of water birds in this city.

The five tour guides from the PWU Balanga campus were? faculty members Jayson Cayanan and Frances Rosselle Gonzales, and tourism students Chyrwin Field, Jinky Larion and Pamela Banzon.

The five underwent a series of tour-guiding seminars conducted by the provincial tourism office and the Balanga City tourism office.

Included in the training package was to develop the skill of identifying and naming the migratory and endemic birds found in the wetlands and mudflats here.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has included the areas in barangays Sibacan, Tortugas and Puerto Rivas in this city among the 12 official bird-watching sites in the Philippines.

The DOT has launched a tourism guidebook of the 12 bird-watching sites in the country.

The wetlands in this city attract one of the largest concentrations of migrant shorebirds and waterfowls anywhere in the Philippines, according to the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, the country’s leading bird-watching society.

The group of tour guides from PWU Balanga campus said tour-guiding in the bird census here was quite easy for they had accompanied bird experts.

The DENR and bird experts counted 18,679 migratory water birds present in the wetlands in this city compared to the 15,251 water birds recorded last year.