The heightened tourist annual influx creates a domino effects of job and learning opportunities for the Island's locals. As more tourists calls for quality service, facilities and an overall enjoyable tourist experience, this introduces more job openings to the locals, and improves their quality of life as a result.
As LGUs have worked towards providing more job openings for locals, they’ve also supported it with mandatory trainings and seminars like first aid, customer service, alternative basic language classes, and more.
This creates more openings for tourism occupations like habal-habal drivers, tour guides, hotel and resort chefs, waiters, managers and workers, etc. Likewise, it also allows more folk healers to get in touch with those seeking their healing aid. As the employment rate goes higher in the Island, less locals have to move to the capital town of Manila or abroad for work, as they can be based in the Island as soon as they graduate.
Get to know the Siquijudnons and how the impact of ecotourism has supported their livelihood.
Paul has been a habal-habal driver for seven years. In 2016, he completed his first aid training, and was certified by the Department of Tourism as both a habal-habal driver and tour guide. Since then, he’s been hired by many tourists as their personal tour guide for their trip, taking them from destination to destination, assisting them with their baggage and picture-takings.
Corrine graduated college a few years ago with a degree in Hotel Management. With working experience as a hotel employee from Cebu, Corrine was able to apply in one of Siquijor’s oldest and highly-rated resorts, Coco Grove Beach Resort. After undergoing some training from her superiors, she now manages tours in the hotel’s Siquijor-to-Mt.-Apo trips, assisting tourists all throughout the entire program.
Lorna has been assisting and guiding tourists in and out of the Island’s famous cave for four years. She’s undergone first aid training, and other seminars on how to assist cave visitors. As a volunteer tour guide, she earns enough money from her salary and tips and donations from the tourists that she assists. Because there are many volunteers, both adults and students, she works in the Cave on Mondays and Fridays, and is a stay-at-home mother on all the other days.
Gordon has been a folk healer for more than fifteen years. In his younger years, Gordon moved to Manila for a while and worked as a seaman to support his family. After the tourism in Siquijor had gone up, Gordon went back to the Island and started working as a folk healer again, this time earning enough money for his family without having to be based in Manila, and also frequently travels around the region to meet his patients/clients.
Ida has been in the tourism industry as a hotel worker for five years. After finishing her studies in Cebu, she was based in Dumaguete, Manila, and now works in Siquijor, where she was born and raised. Recently promoted to assistant manager, she plans to get certified by the DoT in the near future to better certify her status as a manager, so she can open her own hotel in the future.
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