DILG eyeing to deploy contact tracers on October 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — The government head of the Department of Interior and Local Government said Wednesday they are targeting to deploy hired contact tracers on October 1.

“Iyan din ang period na mare-release ang budget sa atin,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a briefing, referring to the P5-billion funds for the recruitment of at least 50,000 contact tracers. The release of the budget is authorized under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2.

[Translation: The budget for the hiring of contact tracers will be released during the same period.]

Año said most of the contact tracers will be assigned to areas with high coronavirus cases.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said separately that they will accept applications for the job until today.

Applicants must submit an application letter, a Personal Data Sheet, a National Bureau of Investigation clearance, and a copy of drug test result to the nearest DILG provincial or city field office, he added.

Based on the guidelines drafted by the DILG, hired contact tracers will earn a minimum of P18,784 monthly, and they will be considered contract of service workers.

Tasks of the contact tracers include conducting interviews, profiling, and performing an initial public health risk assessment of COVID-19 cases and their identified close contacts.

They will also “refer the close contacts to isolation facilities, conduct enhanced contact tracing in collaboration with other agencies and private sectors, conduct daily monitoring of close and general contacts for at least 14 days, and perform such other tasks in relation to the COVID response,” the DILG earlier said.