About 2,000 contact tracers needed in Quezon City

Quezon City residents are encouraged to apply as contact tracers as the city expressed its support to the national government in hiring more personnel in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Both Mayor Joy Belmonte and the city's epidemiology and disease surveillance unit head Dr. Rolly Cruz welcomed the initiative made by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to hire contact tracers from different cities, with the local chief executive saying "it will help augment the city’s need for additional contact tracers."

The local government on Thursday said those interested to apply must have a bachelor’s degree, "preferably allied medical course or criminology," are skilled in "data gathering and/or have assisted in research and documentation."

About 2,000 more contact tracers are needed by the DILG for Quezon City to help the local government's existing contact tracers.

Qualified candidates will receive a monthly salary of P18,784 for a maximum of four months, according to DILG-QC Director Emmanuel Borromeo.

Borromeo noted that the national government is looking for applicants "who have investigative capability and possess the ability to advocate public health education messages."

Duties of contact tracers include interviewing COVID-19 patients and their close contacts regarding their travel history as well conducting health assessments, among others, he added.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent and Personal Data Sheet, which can be both accessed at contacttracing.ncr.dilg.gov.ph, NBI clearance, and drug test result and upload the required documents to https://contacttracing.ncr.dilg.gov.ph. Deadline of submission is on September 23, 2020.