Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tourism-related personnel to undergo PWD-handling seminar
By Juvy Alegre and Arnel Austria (OJT)

LEGAZPI CITY, May 12 (PNA) -- The Department of Tourism Bicol regional office, in partnership with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), will conduct a two-day seminar on personality development to be held on May 13 and How to Handle Persons with Disabilities on May 14.

The seminar is intended for tourism frontliners such as tourist drivers, tour guides, hotel and travel airport representatives, front office clerks, bell boys and housekeeping staff as part of their continuing education.

The activity is in line with the advocacy on barrier-free tourism.

The event will be held at the Oriental Hotel, a resort-hotel located on a hillside and fronting the scenic Mt. Mayon, where the Albay Gulf can be widely viewed.

Day One of the event will start with the opening remarks by DOT Bicol Regional Director Maria Ong-Ravanilla and will be followed by a discussion about personality development that includes how to appreciate oneself and plan for personal growth.

The participants will also be taught the techniques in social skills and personality projection, and practice and demonstrate image for confidence building.

On Day 2, the Disability Perspective and Universal Design will be discussed by Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, NCDA acting executive director.

Key mandates on disabilities will be discussed by Rizalio R. Sanchez, chief of Information, Education and Communication Division of NCDA.

There will also be an Orthopedically Handicapped, Visual and Hearing Impairment lecture and demonstration to be discussed by the NCDA officer.

This event aims to intensify and promote public awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities and provide information on how tourism enterprises and stakeholders can better serve the requirement of traveling PWDs.

It is part of the Bottom-up Budgeting projects of the Department of Tourism that has an allocated budget of PHP259,400. (PNA) FFC/FGS/OJT/CBD