Last call for con­tact trac­ers

The new con­tact trac­ers will be given a one-year con­tract, sub­ject to re­newal, and a com­pen­sa­tion of at least P18,784 per month

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - NEWS - BY PAULA ANTOLIN @tri­bunephl_ phau

Cit­i­zens want­ing to add to the gov­ern­ment’s pool of con­tact trac­ers have only un­til to­day to ap­ply and sub­mit their re­quire­ments to the provin­cial and city of­fices of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG).

In a state­ment, DILG Un­der­sec­re­tary and spokesper­son Jonathan Malaya said those in­ter­ested must sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tion and per­sonal data sheet along with their clear­ance from the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) and drug test re­sults at the DILG of­fice near­est them.

Ap­pli­cants must also pos­sess a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or have reached col­lege level in any med­i­cal or crim­i­nol­ogy course, Malaya added.

Can­di­dates for con­tact trac­ers must also have skills in data gather­ing, re­search and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

“While our first pref­er­ence is col­lege grad­u­ates or col­lege level of al­lied med­i­cal cour­ses or crim­i­nol­ogy, we are also open to grad­u­ates or col­lege level of any course. So, they may also ap­ply sub­ject to screen­ing and avail­abil­ity of slots,” he stated.

The DILG was ear­lier au­tho­rized to hire 50,000 ad­di­tional con­tact trac­ers as part of the gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­u­ing ef­forts against the coro­n­avirus dis­ease (2019) pan­demic, 19.2 per­cent of which will be de­ployed around Metro Manila – the epi­cen­ter of the con­ta­gion in the coun­try.

“We will send a big num­ber of con­tact trac­ers in ar­eas where there are many cases be­ing listed. A huge num­ber of these new con­tact trac­ers will op­er­ate and work in all the re­gions of coun­try with NCR hav­ing the big­gest num­ber,” noted the of­fi­cial.

While our first pref­er­ence is col­lege grad­u­ates or col­lege level of al­lied med­i­cal cour­ses or crim­i­nol­ogy, we are also open to grad­u­ates or col­lege level of any course.

As stated in the guide­lines drafted by the DILG, the new con­tact trac­ers will be given a one-year con­tract, sub­ject to re­newal and a com­pen­sa­tion of at least P18,784 per month.

Among their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are to con­duct in­ter­views, pro­fil­ing, and per­form an ini­tial pub­lic health risk as­sess­ment of COVID-19 cases and their iden­ti­fied close con­tacts; 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.

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