The lawmaker on Sunday demanded free guides and first aid training for tourism workers, including drivers of passenger jeepneys and tricycles, at tourist centers across the country. The elected representative of Quezon, Reinante Arrogancia, called on the Department of Tourism and the Office of Technical Education and Skills Development to replicate the program they initiated in Baler, Aurora throughout the country, especially in tourist areas. “Guide training should be open to tricycle drivers, jeepney drivers, UV Express drivers, market sellers and [village watchers] because these are the locals in the neighborhood with whom tourists have direct contact upon arrival at their destination.” Arrogance said. He said guides, hotel staff and resort staff in tourist areas also need to know how to provide first aid. “The only thing they know is to transport patients to the nearest hospital, which can be many minutes or hours away. The patient usually dies on the spot or during transport because first aid was not provided in the first place,” Arrogancia said.
— Jeannette I. Andrade
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