DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said some 238,000 contact tracers have so far been deployed nationwide to track and manage the close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 infected persons.
“We now have 238,000 contact tracers and most of them are volunteers and augmentation personnel of the PNP, BFP, and AFP. Normally, they work in places where they have volunteered but these contact tracers were deployed to the regions,” Año said.
The DILG Secretary added some 50,000 more contact tracers would be deployed to prevent the further spread of the virus. “We are ready to deploy them. We have 20,000 in Luzon, 15,000 in the Visayas, and 15,000 in Mindanao who will be hired on a per-province basis,” je added.
Año thanked Congress for appropriating PHP5 billion for contact tracing under the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), which would DILG to ramp up contract tracing efforts across the country and cut Covid-19 transmission.
World Health Organization (WHO) director for Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, and WHO Philippines country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, have requested DILG to ramp up contact tracing efforts as part of the WHO’s continuing documentation of the country’s best practices in response to the pandemic.