Author: Aira Ronalie Santos, Project Assistant II & Mark Angelo Tantoco, Administrative Assistant III, PSTO-Bulacan
The municipality of Dona Remedious Trinidad (DRT) in Bulacan has been significantly making its name in the tourism industry scene and becoming a hotspot for tourists coming to see the caves, waterfalls, and other natural wonders that abound in the area.
To take full advantage of the economic opportunities that the influx of visitors entail, the Department of Science and Technology III through the Provincial S&T Office - Bulacan and in collaboration with the Local Government Unit of DRT through its Public Employment Service Office, conducted a two day training on arts and crafts design making for souvenir items for members of the Brgy. Talbak Verdivia Falls Tour Guides Association.
The training was provided by staff of Resins and Flowers Ph. Some of the items produced during the training were keychains, necklaces, ref magnets, displays, and other souvenir items out of resin incorporated with bamboo and other readily available materials in the community.
Moreover, training kits, consisting of resins, molds, weighing scales, and other art materials, were provided to the group along with the other souvenir processing equipment. This activity was provided by DOST III under its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program and was aimed to provide livelihood opportunities in the rural community and promote the emerging eco-tourism industry in DRT through art and souvenir making.
“Kami po sa Lokal na Pamahalaan ng DRT, Bulacan sa pamumuno ng aming Punong Bayan, Ronaldo T. Flores, ay nagpapasalamat sa DOST III sa paglulunsad ng ganitong proyekto sa aming bayan. Makakatulong po ito sa pagpapabuti ng aming turismo at pagbibigay ng karagdagang kita sa mga tourist guides dito sa DRT,” thus spoke Ms. Joylene Sembrano, Public Employment Service Office Head of LGU DRT during the training.