Pagudpud Residents now offers Homestay program

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Are you looking for a place to stay in Pagudpud on your next vacation?

Homestay facilities in scenic Pagudpud town continue to mushroom because of the steady stream of local and foreign tourists flocking to the seaside town – the home of pristine beaches and a stretch of white, soft and powdery sand.

Homestay structures are either concrete or made of wood capped by anahaw leaves while the rest are former residences that were converted by home owners as accommodation for tourists who are left with nowhere to stay when most hotels and resorts are occupied during peak season.

Milagros Gonzales, provincial tourism officer of Ilocos Norte, said most homestay facilities in Pagudpud have been accredited by the Department of Tourism following completion of a training-seminar in tourist-handling. The homestay structures also complied with accommodation requirements such as comfort rooms, bedrooms and adequate water, ventilation and lighting.

The DOT has accredited more than 35 homestay facilities while about 20 structures operate without DOT accredition. The homestay areas are spread in the villages of Saud, Burayoc, Balaoi and in the Poblacion. As an accredited facility, the homestays are given promotional support and marketing assistance.

Most maintain up to three guest rooms and charge P250 per person a day or P2,500 a day for groups or families of more than 10 members who want to rent the entire house. Clients may cook their own food or ask the host family to cook for them.

For reservation and inquiries, clients may contact Milagros Gonzales of the Department of Tourism – Laoag Office at (077) 772-0467 or call Jose Morata – Pagudpud Tourism Officer at 0915-3210324.

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