Tourists seen planting trees, picking veggies in new program

The Philippine Department of Tourism is promoting "participatory tourism", where tourists have the opportunity to participate in some cultural activities in the attractions they are visiting.

I think it is a laudable program, which deserves a serious look into by local governments in the country. Here in the UK, some farms run a similar program where local tourists, especially children, learn about farming. Aside from the education gained they are also able to participate in some activities like picking of fruits.

Here is an excerpt of the Philippine Daily Inquirer news article that discusses more about "participatory tourism":

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – Local tourism and irrigation officials are pushing a tourism program that would allow tourists and visitors to learn how to harvest vegetables and plant trees. The program, they said, was one way of making the province’s vegetable gardens and endangered watersheds click as tourism sites.

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