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PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE – Residents of Barangay Saud in this town are hoping new Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos will set up a college or vocational school offering courses that would train more locals on tourism-related services.

Pagudpud, located north of Ilocos Norte, is best known for its beaches, including Saud Beach, which topped a list of the top 10 beaches in Asia by

Ringe Quindoy, 32, sells souvenir products made of seashells in Saud Beach. She says a local community college or technical-vocational school will ease the financial burden for parents whose children study in Laoag City, the provincial capital some two hours away from Pagudpud.

A student usually spends at least P110 for a one-way travel to Laoag, she says.

Sa ngayon kasi, mahal ang pamasahe para makapasok sa Laoag. Halos umaabot ng P40 yung sakay sa tricycle pa-bayan (ng Pagudpud) tapos bus naman, mga P70, papuntang Laoag. Mabigat sa bulsa kasi siyempre may baon pa sila sa araw-araw,” she says.

If not a community college, 43-year-old handicraft maker Imelda Uddon says a technical-vocational school offering two-year hospitality courses would do. She says this would help locals like her learn new skills and better serve tourists.

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