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.

 

Those with Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job, preferably on allied Medical and health-related courses or Criminology, may apply as contact tracers.

Preferred are those with skills and experience in data gathering, research and documentation. Applicants for the job must also be able to interview COVID-19 cases and close contacts in order to gather data on travel history and conduct health assessments, possess the ability to advocate public health education messages, and have investigative capability.

Applications will be accepted until September 18. Screening of the applicants will be done shortly thereafter. Interested applicants are advised to visit the DILG Region 6 – Western Visayas FB Page and check the pinned status for more details.

Taking On the New Task

The DILG Antique Provincial Office has started accepting applications from walk-in and online clients. Other provincial and city offices have done the same.

“We are now accepting applications for job tracer. They may submit their requirements either via e-mail or thru a drop box provided at the entrance of the Provincial Office on or before September 18, 2020,” said DILG Antique Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda.

They will work under Contract of Service (COS) until December 2020.

“While retained on a need basis, contact tracers may be deployed anywhere in the region or province where their services are required. The deployment shall be based on the LGU’s need, depending on the case to close contact ratio,” added DILG Antique Contact Tracer Focal Person Dexter Monserate.

The enhanced contact tracing effort is a joint endeavor of different national government agencies such as Department of Health (DOH), DILG, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Bureau of Fire Protection.#

Interested applicants may click this link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/194444867233128/posts/4568077376536500/