ILOILO CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 is set to hire more than 3,000 contact tracers from the six provinces and two highly-urbanized cities in the region.

These contact tracers shall complement the existing contact tracing teams of local government units, and help track those who might be infected with Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by conducting case interviews, profiling, and performing initial health risk assessment of COVID-19 positive cases and their close contacts.

The hiring is part of the government’s expanded contact tracing efforts to effectively manage the spread of the viral disease that has gripped the world beginning early this year.

As the lead agency in contact tracing, the DILG has formerly issued Memorandum Circular 2020-077 directing LGUs to establish local Task Forces Against COVID-19, to include local contact tracing teams.

The DILG has maximized the publication of the vacancy through different social media platforms. Information cards on the requirements and instructions for application were also shared in official social media accounts and websites run by DILG regional and provincial offices.

Read more: DILG to hire 3,000 contact tracers for WV

San Jose-Antique – Conducting the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR on departing Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) will no longer be required.
An Advisory issued on August 25, 2020 by DILG Assistant Secretary Marcelo Morales reiterating the requirements provided for Locally-Stranded Individuals (LSIs) emphasized that the required testing using the Rapid Test is no longer advisable. Hence, the imposition of the RT-PCR test prior to departure should not be implemented as this runs contrary to the provision of the Refined Policy Guidelines on the Management of LSIs which only require a Medical Clearance Certificate and Travel Authority.

Read more: RT-PCR No Longer Mandatory Prior to LSI Departure