QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has beefed up their contract tracing capability with 1,300 more contact tracers from the Department of Labor and Employment in response to the surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
With added contact tracers, the city government now has over 2,600 contact tracers who will be interviewing COVID-19 cases to gather data on their close contacts, travel history and conduct health assessments.
“We are very thankful to the Department of Labor and Employment for deploying more contact tracers. We really need this since we are the biggest locality in the National Capital Region,” Belmonte said.
“The key is to have more contract tracers so we could help prevent the spread of the virus in our communities. We downplay the importance of lockdown if we do not have the fast response of the contact tracing army in our city,” she added.
A total of 1,347 contact tracers hired through DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers program participated in the orientation by the QC Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.
She cited the Department of Interior and Local Government for the deployment of 1,300 contact tracers last year, making Quezon City as one of the best performing cities in the region in terms of its contact tracing capability.
She assured that contact tracers have nothing to be afraid of, especially in performing their duties, as they would be protected by law, particularly by Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act. Dalisay Nolasco