The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Office plans to hire roughly 5,000 contact tracers for the cities and provinces in the NCR Plus, under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD), a program managed by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns.

In an interview with Laging Handa PH, Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, BWSC Director, updated the public on the process and guidelines on hiring of contact tracers through the Local Government Units (LGUs).

“Naipaalam na po sa DOLE ng DILG at MMDA ang mga kwalipikasyon ng isang contact tracer. Magkakaroon din ng training ang mga qualified beneficiaries through the DILG online classroom. Bukod pa rito, ayon sa DILG, kinakailangan may isang contact tracer sa bawat 800 na indibidwal,” Trayvilla added.

Since the project will be under the TUPAD Program, the DOLE insisted on hiring displaced workers that are at least high school graduates with basic knowledge on the usage of cellular phone and internet.

Initially, the DOLE plans to hire 14,000 workers for a 30-day work, but the LGUs require a 90-day implementation period, which will cover roughly 5,000 workers.

“Dahil LGU po ang magha-hire, mas mainam na mga residente ng lugar kung saan magaganap ang contact tracing activities ang mag-apply,” Trayvilla stated.

Interested workers may apply through the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) under the LGUs.

Under the Program, qualified contact tracers will receive the prevailing minimum wage of their city or province, as well as training to be provided by the DILG, which will run for two days.

The training includes four modules that cover the interventions initiated by the government against the COVID-19 pandemic, the basic knowledge of the virus, as well as the data gathering or survey tool to be used, and how to effectively communicate or question the public during the contact tracing activities.

The DOLE hopes to roll-out the program this week after the finalization of guidelines and eligibility requirements.