Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that 263,698 contact tracers will comprise the 30,540 teams as the country continues its sustained and intense bid to stop the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
In Monday night’s news briefing with President Duterte, Año reported a 97.87 percent contact tracing efficiency and 1:6 contact ratio.
With the 50,000 newly hired additional contact tracers under Bayanihan 2, Año noted that 48,920 have been deployed in various local government units (LGUs).
“Ngayon pong darating na Pasko, ang ating mga LGUs at lalo na po ang mga NCR mayors ay nagsisipaghanda para sigurado na mabantayan po natin itong COVID (This coming Christmas Season, the LGUs especially the NCR (National Capital Region) mayors are making preparations to ensure that they will be on-guard against (the spread) of COVID),’’ Año said.
Even in the midst of the pandemic, Año noted that from November 16 to 26 the Philippine National Police (PNP) has conducted nine anti-illegal drug operations that yielded 14 arrests where 4.130 kilos of shabu worth P28,084,000 were seized.
“Amin pong napansin na dahil din sa kahirapang makakuha ng shabu, mukhang unti-unting bumabalik naman po sa paggamit ng marijuana ang ating mga — ang mga drug addict (We observed that due to the difficulty to get shabu, it seems drug addicts are slowly returning to the use of marijuana),’’ he added.
Based on the report of the PNP on Sunday, Año said three suspects were nabbed where 128 blocks of marijuana worth P15,360,000 were confiscated along EDSA in Balintawak Quezon City.
On November 24, Año noted that the PNP operatives discovered three marijuana plantations in Kibungan and Bakun, Benguet where 28,800 marijuana trees with P5,760,000 were burned and uprooted.
From January 1 to September 30 this year, Año added that the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized P12.47 billion worth of shabu, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana as the country continues its fight against illegal drugs.