More contact tracers will be hired in Metro Manila starting May 1, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday.
DILG Officer in Charge Bernardo Florece Jr. said 4,754 contact tracers will be recruited under the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DoLE) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or Tupad program, a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers.
“With the surge of Covid-19 cases, we really need to pool our resources and work together to contain the spread of the virus.” Florece said.
The new batch of tracers will augment the 10,097 tracers already in the National Capital Region (NCR) and enable health authorities to close in on the ideal people to contact tracer ratio of 1:800, he said.
Quezon City will have the biggest group of new contact tracers at 1,084, followed by Manila at 657 and Caloocan City at 585.
Florece said 217 will be assigned in Las Piñas City, 215 in Makati City, 135 in Malabon City, 143 in Mandaluyong City, 166 in Marikina City, 186 in Muntinlupa City, 92 in Navotas City, 246 in Parañaque City, 154 in Pasay City 279 in Pasig; 45 in San Juan City; 297 in Taguig City; 229 in Valenzuela City and 24 in the municipality of Pateros.
Florece said under the Tupad program, the educational requirement has been relaxed to give displaced workers from the informal sector who finished high school a chance to apply.
DILG said applicants can send their application letter, a barangay certificate to prove their residency and their status as a displaced or disadvantaged worker, and medical certificates to the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in city halls in Metro Manila.
They can also email the required documents to their local PESO, whose contact details may be accessed thru the link: bit.ly/PESO-CT-Apply.
Applications will be received from April 16 to 22 and evaluated by a team from the DILG, DoLE and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
Those qualified will be trained by the DILG on contact tracing protocols and procedures.