“Looking for Game Changers: DILG To Recruit 50,000 Tracer Contacts”

Contact tracer

The Interior and Local Government Department is expected to begin recruiting and preparing at least 50,000 contact tracer following the signing of the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” better known as Bayanihan 2 into law.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the additional 50,000 contact tracers are the “game-changers” in the country’s response to COVID-19 as this will enable us to cut the disease spread and eventually defeat COVID-19. The DILG seeks committed and loyal individuals who would like to enter the war against COVID-19.

 There are currently 97,400 contact tracers in the world, and they will ramp up to 150,000 until the 50,000 contact tracers are recruited. The 50,000 contact tracers will be distributed to multiple Local Government agency contact tracing teams.

Actually, touch tracing teams are composite groups with representatives from the Philippine National Police, Fire Protection Bureau, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS), and volunteers from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), headed by the Municipal / City Health officers. With the additional 50,000 touch tracers, now to be able to detect 37 near contacts of 1 COVID patient up to 3rd degree with the Magalong formula, Año said. A service status contract would give the touch tracers a minimum of P18,784 per month.

In order to qualify as a touch tracer, the candidate must have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a related field in medicine or criminology, Año said. Aspirants must also be experienced in data collecting and have helped with analysis and documentation; have the ability to interview COVID-19 patients and similar associates to compile evidence; have the potential to promote public health communication campaigns, and have the capacity to investigate.

Applicants are expected to send a letter of intent, Confidential Data File, the National Investigation Clearance Bureau, and the findings of the drug screening.

Applicants may apply their application and paperwork nationally to all DILG Regional and City Field Offices, or check their vacancy advertising websites. He said contract staff whose job has not been extended, Overseas Filipino jobs whose job has been interrupted and local staff whose operation has recently been terminated should be given preference in the recruiting.

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