DILG to hire contact tracers

Some 2,000 contact tracers will be hired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol regional office to augment the region’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hiring of additional contact tracers was implemented following the signing of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the “Bayanihan 2” Law, which allowed the DILG to ramp-up the country’s contact tracing program for Covid-19 response by hiring and training some 50,000 contact tracers nationwide.

In Bicol, the screening of applicants will be done by the DILG provincial offices while the contract of service will be approved by its regional office.

The contact tracers will be assigned to the various contact tracing teams of the local government units and will earn at least P18,784 a month as stated in the guidelines drafted by DILG.

Contact tracers are to conduct interviews, profiling and 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 daily monitoring of close and general contacts for 14 days, and conduct enhanced contact tracing in collaboration with other agencies and private sectors.

To qualify, the applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or college level in an allied medical courses and criminology course. They must also have the skill in data gathering, possess the ability to advocate public health education messages and have the investigative capability.

Interested applicants may submit their letter of intent, personal data sheet, clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation and drug test result through email or to the DILG provincial or city offices.

DILG will also place drop boxes in their offices for those applicants who wish to hand carry their documents. Aspiring contact tracers may submit their requirements until September 25, 2020.

Those who will be hired will serve until December 31, 2020. (PIA5/CEB/DILG5)