Services needed: Joy Belmonte hires 350 more contact tracers

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has hired 350 additional contact tracers amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

In a statement, Belmonte said the contact tracers were hired under the Public Emergency and Services Office (PESO) emergency employment program.

Aside from the additional hires, 360 contact tracers from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) got renewed for an additional 30 days from January 17 to February 19.

“The additional contact tracers were already part of our contact tracing army until December 31 of last year under contract with the DILG. But since we still need their services, especially during this surge, we hired them under our emergency employment program so as to continue the important task of contact tracing among many other responsibilities borne out of the rapid spread of Covid-19,” Belmonte said.

The contact tracers will be tasked to do, among others, community case monitoring, data collecting, and encoding, validating reported cases, assisting in accination and monitoring the implementation of minimum public health standards.