Ilocos Norte to hire more than 500 tourist aides

LAOAG CITY, April 8 (PIA) — The provincial government is looking to hire more than 500 workers who will be deployed to various tourist assistance centers across the province. 

The Provincial Tourism Office, in charge of the hiring process, said 512 slots are waiting to be filled up this summer.

Keesha Buted, of the PTO, said additional manpower was needed to address the needs of tourists who has started arriving during the Holy Week.

“The hiring (of additional personnel) will address the increasing volume of tourist arrivals in the province,” she said.

Buted said the workers will serve as tourist aides, utility personnel and paramedics or nursing aides.

The provincial government had already deployed PTO workers as tourist guides and traffic assistants in various tourism spots like in Kapurpurawan in Burgos and Windmills in Bangui town.

“We extended our target employment so that the province would be able to provide more jobs to Ilocanos. More workers, means more efficient services,” Buted added.

The PTO has an existing 258 workers who were hired to man the different tourist centers in the province beginning March 22.

The workers will get a daily compensation of P125 for every 5 hours. Their contracts will end on May 22.

The two-month employment program is a partnership between the provincial government’s ‘Task Force Trabaho’ (TFT) and the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Special program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

In an agreement, the TFT will shoulder 60 percent of the workers’ wage and the remaining 40 percent comes from DOLE.