Sulu State College now offers tourism course

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Sulu State College has now included a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management in its list of courses, further boosting the potential of the province as a major destination for holidaymakers and travelers.

Charisma Ututalum, college president, informed Gov. Sakur Tan of the new course and even proposed a partnership agreement with the provincial government to encourage locals to take up Bachelor of Science Tourism Management and promote Sulu’s rich history and cultural heritage, pristine nature parks and white beaches, and culinary showcase.

Tan said he welcomed this development and considered the new college course a big boost to the growth of the tourism industry in the province. “Even I would like to attend classes in tourism, to learn and to know more about the subject,” said Tan, who is relentless in promoting Sulu to business groups and travel agencies.

And to further enhance and pursue the development and promotion of the tourism industry, Tan said the Provincial Livelihood and Productivity Training Center in partnership with the Sulu State College, would also provide short-term courses in Tourism Support Services for free.

The program will be funded by the Provincial Government with Sulu State College providing instructors and trainers to facilitate the course.

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Local tourists continue to flock to Sulu where beachfront restaurants have mushroomed due to the improved peace and order situation and the massive infrastructure projects of the local governments.

In July, the Mindanao State University in Sulu also proposed the establishment of the College of Law and school officials led by Chancellor Nagder Abdurahman met with Tan to ask for his endorsement.

Abdurahman presented the proposal for Tan’s endorsement to the MSU Board of Regents. He said all necessary preparations were made, including the feasibility study of the proposal, adding that instructors, who are mostly composed of MSU Alumni, will conduct face-to-face classes if given the go signal.

Tan commended the MSU for pushing through with this initiative and expressed his all-out support and assistance for the realization of this objective. He also urged MSU to put more emphasis on courses in agriculture, saying the province has naturally rich soil and vast agricultural lands planted with a variety of fruit trees, abaca, cacao, and coffee which Sulu is known for.

Abdurahman welcomed Tan’s suggestion, adding the MSU also has 1,000 hectares of hatchery dedicated to sea cucumber and mad crabs.


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