By DIANN IVY CALUCIN
The Caloocan City government and the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office (CATO) conducted the “Skills Training on Tourism Craft” program for barangay tourism officers on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Bulwagang Katipunan, in the Caloocan City Hall.
Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo “Along” Malapitan said the training aims to provide alternative sources of income amid the pandemic while also promoting the city’s heritage.
“Income-generating activities, including livelihood training, help our residents to develop new skills or learn how to create products. With CATO’s help, Barangay Tourism officers shall be empowered to promote the local art and culture of Caloocan while earning at the same time,” Mayor Along said.
A total of 50 participants attended the event to learn basic skills in creating tote bags and silkscreen printing on souvenir items such as t-shirts and bags.
Among the attendees were barangay tourism officers of Districts 1, 2, and 3 of Caloocan City.
CATO officer-in-charge Kathleen Pacubas stated that the program’s participants should become future trainers in their respective communities to help sectors, especially women, start their small businesses.
“We want to help as many as we can. The attendees shall be the ones teaching what they learned to other willing residents in their barangays since most of the members of Barangay Tourism Offices are women. We also aim to empower them to be entrepreneurs,” Pacubas said.
In line with the program, the finished products crafted by the participants will be displayed in Tourism Booths during events in the city to help promote them.
The city government will also hold a kick-off program in observance of the Tourism Month celebration on Monday, Sept. 26.