MULING minobilisa ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang 15,000 contact tracers para matiyak na magiging tuloy tuloy ang ginagawang contact tracing efforts ng kagawaran.
Dahilan ito para muling kunin o i-rehire ng DILG ang may 15,000 contact tracers (CTs) sa buong bansa sa loob ng panibagong anim na buwan.
Nabatid na inaprobahan ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ang kabuuang P1.9 bilyong pondo para sa hiring ng mga CTs ngayong taong 2021.
“While the country’s COVID-19 response is significantly improving, we should sustain our contact tracing efforts especially with the reported entry of the new UK variant into the country. Hence, we are pleased that we have been given the funds to re-hire some 15,000 CTs this year who will continue to help us track down, monitor coronavirus cases, and cut transmission in the community,” ani DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.
Ani Malaya, nais sana nilang i-rehire ang may 50,000 CTs na pinakilos noong nakaraang taon subalit, naging balakid sa kanila ang budget limitations.
“Much as we would like to continue the services of all the 50,000 CTs hired in 2020, we need to have a more rational number of CTs and work within the available budget allotted to the Department. Hence, only 15,000 CTs will be re-hired under a six-month contract in the meantime while we wait for the release of additional funds,” giit ni Malaya.
Gagagamitin ng DILG ang P1.4 bilyon na
nakapaloob sa unreleased balance mula sa RA 11519 o “extension of the validity of appropriations under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.”
Idaragdag ito sa P500 milyon na inilaan para sa re hiring ng contact tracers para sa 2021 General Appropriations Act. VERLIN RUIZ