In a noteworthy pursuit of knowledge and collaboration, representatives from LPU Batangas engaged in a one-week Training of Trainers 2 (ToT2) program on Ecotourism and sustainable development. The distinguished delegates include Dr. Maribeth Buenviaje, Executive Director of Strategic Communications, Linkages & International Affairs, along with Dr. Hazel Venus and Dr. Jennie Margaret Apritado, Department Chairmen from the College of International Tourism & Hospitality Management.
Taking place at the Universiti Portucalense, Portugal, the training is an integral component of the ECOViP project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This initiative aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in ecotourism to support sustainable development in Vietnam and the Philippines.
The comprehensive program, which ran from January 22 to 26, 2024, involves practical exercises based on the theory covered in online trainings conducted from December 2023 to January 12, 2024. The agenda included gaining insights into sustainability and ecotourism principles and addressing challenges related to sustainable tourism.
Day 2 of the training saw enthusiastic collaboration, as participants worked in teams to create sustainable products for ecotourists and prepared elevator pitches for their avatars. The exchange of creative ideas left participants overwhelmed with the potential for innovation in ecotourism.
On the third day, participants delved into a hands-on experience by visiting Bioria, a leading ecotourism destination in Portugal. Additionally, they explored the Atlantic salt flats and eco-museum, gaining valuable insights into the history, processes, and sustainability efforts of these locations.
Fourth and final day of ToT2 focused on environmental policies and updates on the work packages per partner institution. The participants were also fortunate enough to have a guided tour to Porto’s historical city center.
The training was a collaborative effort involving six partner universities from the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as partners from Spain, Austria, and Portugal. LPU B considers itself fortunate to be part of the ECOViP consortium, marking another purposeful project under the Erasmus+ program.
As the delegation continues its journey, the LPU Batangas community eagerly anticipates the knowledge, experiences, and innovations that will be brought back to contribute to the university’s commitment to sustainable development and global education.
Photos courtesy of: ECOViP