Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año announced that the government was set to hire around 50,000 contact tracers next month to match the ideal number of 94,000.
Contact tracers are tasked to track down suspected and possible coronavirus patients who may have been infected via interaction with carriers.
Año said that applicants must be college graduates and those with a background in healthcare have an advantage. The DILG is working with the Department of Health (DOH) in the hiring process.
Currently the Philippines has 35,000 contact tracers. The recommended ratio of contact tracer to patients is 1 to 800, although Año said that this may not be necessary as they need only to focus on areas with a high number of cases.
Additionally, contact tracers are not considered regular employees but will only be contracted for one year with a possibility of extension should the need arise.