Monday, February 13, 2017

Bohol tourism training facility
opens for Panglao senior high

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 7 (PIA)--Brimming with pride, a Bohol education top official could hardly contain her elation during the opening of the new Senior High School (SHS) tourism learning facility in Panglao, she offered it for use by the country's Teacher Immersion program. 

At the turn-over of the P5 million Tourism Facility, Bohol Schools Division Superintendent Wilfreda Bongalos offered the use of the facility for the country's Teachers' Immersion Program. 

Speaking during the turn-over of the Tourism Facility that would act as the laboratory for SHS taking up tourism service courses, Bongalos said the facility would cater to teachers benchmarking on their school's tourism-related tracks. 

The facility, which has the characteristic look of a mini hotel contains a lobby, a front desk, a suite, a deluxe and a standard room, kitchen and standard washrooms. 

When Bohol funds the structure, Panglao resorts and local government also pitched in to contribute in furbishing the facility, Governor Chatto said. 

The facility's suite rooms has furniture and fixtures from Bohol Beach Club. 

The deluxe room has furniture and fixtures by South Palms. 

Standard room is fitted by Mithi Resort and Spa. 

LGU Panglao provided the kitchen facility while Amorita and Tarsier Botanika donated lobby and front desk furnishings. 

The first in the country which provides the in-training for SHS taking up tourism related courses including housekeeping, cookery, bread and pastry, food and beverage, front desk management and office operations, carpentry and electrical installation and maintenance, the Tourism Facility sits inside Lourdes National High School in Lourdes Panglao. 

Funded by the Provincial Government through its Special Education Fund, the facility is a result of the multi-sectoral Bohol Education Summit which drafted the work plans for a tourism industry contextualized senior high school, according to Vera Villocido Gesite. 

In possibly among the country's models for public and private partnership in collaborative planning and implementation, the facility came about after the government, Bohol Association of Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants (BAHRR), the Australian Embassy's Coalition for Change in Education and Asia Foundation agreed to collaborate, DepEd sources said. 

Governor Edgar Chatto readily pointed out the collaboration of many hands in the project, from the picking of the contextual methodology of the courses to practical exposure if only to best prepare senior high school graduates, or into sharper better skilled college student. 

Also at the turn over, DedEd Regional Director Dr. Juliet Jeruta pointed the project as a model of good governance where people showed how resources, no matter how scarce, can be used judiciously. 

That same day at the turn over, Gov Chatto and the provincial officials also unveiled the markers for the soon to rise P4M restaurant and Conference Hall within the school compound, with a similar goal, training the students to be more equipped tourism workers. 

Being the first in the country, both Jeruta and Bongalos whose terms have been marked by innovations, highlighted the collaboration, stressing that the trainings form the facility would redound to better trained industry workers who would soon by many various key tourism positions in any of the numerous resorts dotting Panglao and elsewhere in the province. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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