Nag-deploy ng dagdag na contact tracers sa NCR ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) upang tulungan ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na pigilan ang patuloy na pagkalat ng COVID-19 matapos ang biglaang pagtaas ng kaso ng mga nagpositibo sa virus sa Metro Manila.
Ayon kay DILG Undersecretary at spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, magpapadala ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ng 362 uniformed personnel sa iba’t ibang LGUs bilang dagdag sa kanilang contact tracing teams.
Ang Bureau of Fire Protection na isa ring kalakip na ahensya ng DILG ay magpapadala rin ng karagdagang 100 uniformed personnel sa NCR para rito. Ang 60 sa mga ito ay itatalaga sa Quezon City habang ang 40 ay sa Pasay.
“The Chiefs of Police and the Fire Marshals have been instructed to coordinate with their respective LGUs for their respective requirements. If the LGUs, for example, need more, the chiefs of police can request from their District Director, and if these cannot be met by the district, the NCRPO can deploy the remaining personnel from the mobile forces,” saad ni Malaya.
Inutusan din daw umano ni DILG officer-in-charge Undersecretary Bernardo C. Florece, Jr. ang regional offices ng PNP sa bansa na mag-assign ng hindi bababa sa 20 personnel upang magsagawa ng remote contact tracing bilang tulong sa mga LGUs sa Metro Manila.
Ito umano ay dagdag sa 300 contact tracers na ipapadala ng Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
“So, that’s a total of 802 contact tracers from the DILG and 300 from the MMDA. The Metro Manila LGUs are also doing their hiring so we have a sufficient number of CTs to meet our needs,” saad niya.
Noong Enero ay nagdeploy na ang DILG ng 2,381 contact tracers na may anim na buwang kontrata hanggang Hunyo sa Metro Manila.
Ginamit ng ahensya ang unreleased balance mula sa Bayanihan to Recover as One Act at Php500 milyong contact tracing budget sa 2021 General Appropriations Act para sa hiring ng karagdagang contact tracers.
Ayon kay Malaya, nanatiling matatag ang contact tracing capacity ng bansa.
“The existing number of Contact Tracers (CTs) currently stands at 255,854 nationwide which is more than sufficient for the country’s needs. We already have 29,611 contact tracing teams which are composed of 255,854 contact tracers nationwide. Even without the DILG hiring, we already have a sufficient number of contact tracers,” paliwanag niya.
Ang ginawang hiring ng DILH ay naglalayon lang umanong tulungan ang contact tracing teams ng LGUs na makamit ang standard ng Department of Health na 1:800 contact tracer to population ratio.
Sa kasalukuyan ay may 9,386 na contact tracers ang NCR.
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