The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) deployed 69,000 contact tracers, to expand the tracing nationwide and to reduce the spreading of the infectious disease of COVID-19, July 19.
According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año the contact tracers are now assigned in 5,215 different contact tracing team.
They are now working on tracing and monitoring close contacts of the positive cases even the asymptomatic and symptomatic patients from the day that they are exposed.
Secretary Año also said that many communities are reaching out to help on monitoring and that is why contact tracers are continuously increasing.
“Our local contact tracing teams nationwide are working double-time to interrupt the transmission and reduce the spread of infection. This way, we can cover all the bases in the end-to-end trace-test-treat (T3) management system against this virus,” Año added.
As of July 17, 98.2% is the country’s contact tracing capacity and so far the contact tracing team traced 47,474 out of 48,371 confirmed cases and their close contact reached 161,975.
5 regions including MIMAROPA, Regions V, Region IX, Caraga, BARMM have now 100% contact tracing capability but Regions X,VI and II have the lowest contact tracing capability with 87.47, 80.11% and 74.41%.
Secretary Año also welcomed the new designated Anti-COVID CZAR Baguio city Mayor Benjamin Magalong .
“With Mayor Benjie leading the government’s contact tracing efforts, I am sure that the country’s contact tracing capability will significantly improve,” Año stated.
The expertise and experience of Mayor Magalong as former chief of the PNP Central Investigation and Detection Group made Secretary Año confident on the designated officer.