The Municipal Tourism Office of Kalibo has tapped a tricycle drivers’ group to promote the capital town, a move that aims to attract more tourists year-round.

Rhea Rose I. Meren, Kalibo Tourism Officer, said 100 members of Kalibo Tricycle Drivers and Guides Association (Katridga) have been trained as tour guides.

Meren said trained drivers will have their respective uniforms and accreditation stickers to be easily recognized by tourists.

She said tricycle drivers already served as tourism front liners since tricycles are the usual means of transportation within the town.

“We are already known for Ati-atihan every January, however, we also need to promote other areas in the town,” Meren said.

Among the areas that will be part of the tour packages are the following: Kalibo Tigayon Hill, Museo it Akean, Kalibo Eco-Bakhawan Park, Kalibo Cathedral and the pasalubong shops here.

Meren said the trained drivers are stationed at Kalibo International Airport, Kalibo Tourism and Cultural Affairs Division (TCAD) and in different accommodation establishments in Kalibo.

Meanwhile, the tour guiding training for Kalibo tricycle drivers is part of the sustainable livelihood program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Kalibo.

Tricycle drivers were trained on tour guiding techniques, tourism trends, communications skills as well as on customer relations. (PNA)