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Contact tracer applicants urged to apply at DILG field offices

Philippine Information Agency
15 Sep 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

PARAnAQUE CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today urged the public to apply as a contact tracer at their respective DILG City Field Offices to help government combat COVID-19, an official said Tuesday.

During his PTV4's Laging Handa interview, DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the DILG Provincial and City Office is in charge of processing the application.

"Yung ating mga kababayan na pasok sa kwalipikasyon ay pwede pong mag apply sa mga iba't ibang City Field Offices ng DILG. For example, dito pa sa Metro Manila, lahat po ng munisipyo ay meron po kaming opisina. Diyan po sa lungsod ng Maynila nasa 4th floor o 3rd floor po ang aming mga opisina. At pwede po kayong mag file," Malaya said.

In addition, he advised aspirants not to apply at the DILG Central Office, saying those applications will not be processed.

The DILG, however, will give preference to workers who were displaced due to the pandemic provided that the applicants are qualified, he said.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or college level in an allied medical course or criminology course to qualify, but should no one meet the critera, DILG will open the position to other college courses.

According to Malaya the 50,000 contact tracer position is a game changer in the battle against COVID-19. He added that the DILG contact tracing team would help as the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) adopts the "Magalong Formula."

"Itong 50,00 contact tracers ay augmentation lamang dahil madami na po tayong contact tracers sa buong bansa, ngunit dahil nga po sa mas mataas na ratio na in-adopt ng IATF, yung tinatawag na 'Magalong Formula' ay kailangan po nating palakasin ang ating, at padamihin pa ang ating mga contact tracers," Malaya said.

To recall, a ratio of 37 contacts per positive case is being used by the national government as basis for tracing efforts under the government's action plan against COVID-19. (PIA NCR)

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