The town of Looc, known for its tourist attractions, has recently launched a tour package to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the town’s tourist sites.
Looc Mayor Lisette Arboleda during the Kapihan sa PIA Romblon said that this initiative has not only opened up a new avenue for tourism in the area but has also created livelihood opportunities for 10 local fishermen who have transitioned into tour guides.
“Meron po kaming mga Bangkeros de Talabukon, sila ‘yung mga mangingisdang nagsisilbing tour guide sa mga gustong mag tour. Dagdag kita ito sa kanila, lalo na sa pamilya nila,” according to Arboleda.
These fishermen have been trained to interact with tourists, ensuring a memorable and informative experience for visitors. The training includes effective communication with guests and the art of hospitality.
Bangkero transports tourists from Looc Port to two of the town’s renowned destinations: the Looc Marine Refuge and Sanctuary, known for its breathtaking underwater beauty, and Guinpasilan Island.
In addition to assisting the fishermen, Arboleda noted that they are collaborating with the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Council and Bantay Dagat. These organizations are also contributing to the tourism experience by providing fresh seafood to visitors who wish to savor the day’s catch during their tour.
“Tingin ko sa turismo po talaga kami [babawi]. Sa ecotourism, marami po talagang trabaho ang nabibiyan nito,” Arboleda added highlighting that not only those mentioned are benefiting from tourism but also in transportation industry, restaurant industry and even hotel owners.
Arboleda invites the public to avail LGU’s tour packages from the Looc Tourists Information Center.