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2,381 contact tracers in NCR, set for rehire

Philippine Information Agency
18 Jan 2021, 10:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- Department of the Interior and Local Government Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya over the weekend announced that the National Capital Region (NCR) tops the list of regions that will rehire the most number of contact tracers this year with 2,381.

Malaya said the NCR is followed by Region III with 1,504, and Region VII with 1,417 based on the prorated quota for 2021 hiring of contact tracers.

The quota is based on the number of active cases in a particular region.

The DILG official said this is based on the 30 percent across the board distribution to arrive at the 15,000 target of hiring of contact tracers this year.

He added that the Department also plans to rehire 1,264 CTs in CALABARZON; 1,052 in Region IX; 974 in Region VI; 813 in Region XI; 856 in Region V; 634 in Region X, 510 CTs in BARMM; and 501 CTs in Region 1.

Another 451 CTs will be hired in MIMAROPA;433 in Region VIII; 352 in Region II; and 267 Cordillera Administrative Region.

Malaya, however, said that the rehiring of the 15,000 CTs will only be effective only upon the availability of funds or receipt of the SARO/NCA for the purpose from the Department of Budget and Management.

As of Sunday, the Philippines tallied 500,577 COVID-19 cases, including 465,991 recoveries and 9,895 deaths.(PIA NCR)

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