Inihayag ng Department of Labor and Employment na kukunin umano nito ang displaced informal workers bilang contact tracers sa ilalim ng emergency employment program nito upang makatulong sa pagpapababa ng COVID-19 infection rate sa NCR Plus.
Ayon kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, kinakailangan lamang umanong sumailalim sa training ang mga ito sa pangunguna ng kani-kanilang lokal na pamahalaan upang maging contact tracer sa loob ng sampu hanggang 15 araw.
Ayon pa kay Sec. Bello, inirekomenda na rin umano niya ito sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na kasalukuyang nasa enhanced community quarantine sa nagdaang pagpupulong kasama ang Inter-Agency Task Force.
“I was talking with Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing, and he mentioned about DILG’s funding issues, that is why I volunteered for the emergency employment program of DOLE,” pahayag ni Sec. Bello.
Dagdag pa niya, “There is an urgent need to strengthen the contract tracing efforts in the country and displaced and disadvantaged workers under the emergency employment program of the Department will be hired as contact tracers.”
Sa pamamagitan umano ng pagkuha ng mga displaced workers bilang contact tracers, tataas ang kapasidad ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagsasagawa ng contact tracing.
Sa ilalim ng Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) Workers Program, magkakaroon ng oportunidad ang mga displaced workers na magkaroon ng trabaho sa loob ng sampu hanggang 30 araw.
Samantala, nakasalalay na sa DILG ang pagsasanay sa mga displaced workers upang maging contact tracers.
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