TESDA trains 50 contact tracers for LGUs

A total of 50 scholars shall be deployed as contact tracers in their respective communities after completing their training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority - National Capital Region (TESDA-NCR).

TESDA has assisted the graduates who finished Contact Tracing Level II in their application with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and were also endorsed to the local government units (LGUs) where they reside.

Some are now preparing their documentary requirements for employment while the others are scheduled for interviews.

During the opening ceremony for the first batch of trainees held last month, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña commended the scholars for choosing to serve the country.

The next batches for Contact Tracing Level II training are now being prepared by the TESDA-NCR to ensure continuous delivery of the program in the coming months.

Meanwhile, TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr. reported that the first batch of 28 additional trainers from the six (6) District Offices of TESDA-NCR have completed the Multiplier Training of Trainers on Contact Tracing Level II Program.

The seven-day training for TESDA trainers is the pilot project of the agency to ensure the sufficient number of trainers who can conduct more contact tracing training nationwide.

Lapeña is optimistic that this initiative will benefit the community and the LGUs particularly at the barangay level.

“It is through this program that we can produce more graduates for the LGUs to utilize as contact tracers who will work to prevent the spread of coronavirus in their respective barangays,” Lapeña said.

Meanwhile, TESDA-Regions II, III and IV-A are also set to conduct similar training after several TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) in their regions registered the training program with the Agency.

Contact Tracing Level II, developed by TESDA with the help of the Health Human Resources Development Bureau of the Department of Health and other health industry experts, is intended to capacitate and increase the workforce of the LGUs tasked to track down the close contacts of individuals who tested positive with COVID-19.