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DILG says first batch of 10k contact tracers hired, training has begun

DILG says first batch of 10k contact tracers hired, training has begun

The secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said the first batch of 10,136 contact tracers from the more than 55,000 who had applied have already been hired.

"The hiring of contact tracers is being expedited as time is of the essence in our fight against COVID-19. Ngayon, higit sa 10,000 na ang ating na-hire and we intend to hit our commitment to employ the 50,000 contact tracers prescribed in the Bayanihan 2 Law before the end of this month,” Secretary Eduardo Año said in a press statement.

“Hindi tumitigil ang mga tanggapan ng DILG sa highly urbanized cities at probinsya sa pag-proseso at pagtanggap ng mga aplikante,” he added.

A total of 47,000 applications are still being processed, according to Año. He said the DILG is expecting more applications to come in the coming days.

Meanwhile, DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the first batch of the 10,000 hired have already started to undergo training prior to their deployment to communities nationwide.

“Hindi naman po natin sila isasabak nang basta-basta ng walang training,” Malaya said.

“We are looking for the most fit and qualified individuals for the job dahil very challenging ang kanilang magiging trabaho for the next 3 months. Their work on the ground is crucial in our battle against COVID-19,” Malaya added.

Earlier, the DILG said hired contact tracers would be deployed in areas where there is still a high number of COVID-19 infections, such as the National Capital Region. —LBG, GMA News