Tourism Community Forum
The Department of Tourism-ARMM headed by Secretary Nawal Nassreena B. Sampaco-Baddiri held a Tourism Community Forum on December 15, 2012 at the Kalimudan Hall of the Marawi Resort Hotel, formerly known as Ayala Resort Hotel in Marawi City. This is attended by the Tour Guide Training Graduates from Barangay Calokan, Marawi City and MSU which was also sponsored by DOT-ARMM in partnership with TESDA Lanao del Sur and MSU CHARM from November 28-30, 2012 in Marawi City.
The aim of the forum was to know and familiarize the folklores and legend of Lake Lanao, particularly Calokan Cove, where most of the Tour Guide Training Graduates came from. To realize this, the Department got the expertise of Dr. Abdullah T. Madale of MSU to give lecture during the forum.
RLA-ARMM Assemblywoman Samirah A. Gutoc-Tomawis also participated in the forum and shared her goals and visions for tourism development in the Autonomous Region, and she emphasized this through helping Tourism Students from MSU who just graduated this month. Hiring them is one, to do research studies on the History of ARMM Tourism Destinations such as Lake Lanao.
Secretary Baddiri on her part thanked Dr. Madale for sharing his precious time to share his knowledge on Maranao folklores and requested him to provide the Department written document of his lectures and also for distribution to the tour guide graduates for future use in tour guiding. She also made a promised to the Barangay Officials of Calokan that Business Enterprise Training will be next on the Department's series of activities in Marawi City, that is in order to capacitate the local government unit residents how to earn money and sustain their livelihood in the long run. "Cooperation among local residents, government agency partners in tourism and local officials is vital according to the good Secretary in order to have a successful and sustainable tourism development in any community."