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PWU Balanga campus officials and students served as Tour Guides
Written by Cherry   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The school personnel of Philippine Women's University (PWU) Balanga campus had begun expanding their tourism-related programs to facilitate the needs of their students as the tourism industry grows.

According to them, the local tourism industry will grow if there are trained tourism people. Val Toral, the school administrator, said that compared to neighboring Asian countries, Phils. sometimes pause for tourist arrivals because of the peace and order problem in Mindanao. During the commemoration of the school's 8th Foundation Day, campus officials exposed their plans for tourism-related courses. They also support the tourism activities of Balanga city government. Recently, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and bird experts conducted a census of water birds in the city. The activity was assisted by 5 tour guides from the PWU: faculty members Jayson Cayanan and Frances Rosselle Gonzales, and tourism students Chyrwin Field, Jinky Larion and Pamela Banzon.

The five tour guides already underwent a series of tour-guiding seminars given by the provincial tourism office and City tourism office. A tour guide must identify and name the migratory and endemic birds found in the wetlands and mudflats. According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), Sibacan, Tortugas, and Puerto Rivas are the 3 barangays in the city that is included in the 12 official bird watching sites in the Philippines.  This information can be found in DOT's tourism guidebook of the 12 bird watching sites in the country. The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines proved that the wetlands in Balanga City can magnetize migrant shorebirds and waterfowls anywhere in the Philippines. The DENR and bird experts confirmed that there are 18,679 migratory water birds that are present in the wetlands of this city. This number had increased, compared to 15,251 water birds recorded last year. [via]

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