LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte government, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, is hiring more contact tracers to help curb the rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province.
Anne Marie Lizette Bitancor-Atuan, manager of the Provincial Public Employment Service Office, said Thursday the program under the "Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers" (TUPAD), aims to augment the province’s contact tracing efforts and provide local employment assistance to those who are hardly-hit by the pandemic.
“Particularly, we are in need of 80 contact tracers in Laoag, 43 in Batac City, 18 in Bacarra, two each in Pagudpud and Bangui, and one in Burgos,” she said.
She said applicants must be 18 to 59 years old, at least a high school graduate and must belong to displaced workers from the informal sector, freelance or underemployed.
Applicants must also be skilled in data gathering, research and documentation.
Successful applicants will be hired immediately and they shall render service for 90 days and work eight hours a day.
Earlier, the Ilocos Norte government has activated the Barangay Contact Tracing Team to assist in the aggressive contact tracing in high-risk areas.
Maj. Roxanne Parado, head of the Provincial Contact Tracing Team, acknowledged the hiring of additional contact tracers and the formation of Barangay Contact Tracing Teams (CTTs) will ensure the needed boost to Ilocos Norte's contact tracing strategy, especially now that the new variants of Covid-19 continue to threaten residents. (PNA)