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
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.