THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is targeting to hire additional contact tracers at the end of the month, said DILG spokesman and undersecretary Jonathan Malaya on Friday.
Malaya added there were about 50,000 contact tracing volunteers nationwide.
“Ang target sana ng DILG [ay] makapag-hire kami before the end of the month; ma-hire na po natin ito dahil kinakailangan po natin itong mga contact tracers (The DILG targets to hire before the end of the month already because we need contact tracers),” said Malaya at the Laging Handa press briefing.
As the lead agency for contact tracing, the DILG intends to double the current number of contact tracing teams to curb the surge of Covid-19 cases.
To hire more contact tracers, particularly those who are graduates from the allied medical fields, criminology and other similar courses, the DILG awaits the release of funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
While the DILG waits for the DBM disbursement, Malaya said those interested in applying may fill up and submit personal data sheets online to fast-track the onboarding process.