Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday stressed the urgency of establishing contact tracing teams in every barangay to prevent the further surge of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Año noted that every local government unit (LGU) must have contact tracing teams composed of the “local epidemiological surveillance unit, police, health workers, BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection), BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and volunteers.”
He insisted that the most ideal set-up is for every barangay to have one contact tracing team with each having varying composition depending on the barangay’s population.
Año explained that the measure is part of a more proactive implementation of localized lockdowns in Metro Manila to address the health crisis.
Latest data from the DILG revealed that there are 54,042 contact tracers composing 3,397 teams nationwide.
On April 24, the DILG issued Memorandum Circular 2020-077 directing local government units to establish their own task forces against COVID which included contact tracing teams.