June 01, 2021

Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) nationwide to hire the agency’s contact tracing graduates for their respective barangays.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said that engaging the services of more TESDA-contact tracers at the community level will help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country.

“As COVID-19 cases in the country are still high, we are appealing to all local chief executives nationwide to hire contact tracers who have been trained under our contact tracing training program,” Lapeña said.

Current data showed that a total of 3,621 scholars nationwide have so far graduated from the CTTP. However, only 594 of these graduates were hired by LGUs while 540 of them were hired by various sectors.

TESDA-NCR, through the MuntiParLasTaPat District Training and Assessment Center pilot-launched the CTTP last September 9, 2020.

Lapeña likewise renewed his call to all TESDA Training Institutions (TTIs) to register CTTP, Barangay Health Services and other Health Care-related programs.

“After a year, the COVID-19 cases in the country have not yet been contained, and with the spread of the new variants, the number of cases surged,” he said, reminding all Regional, Provincial and District Offices and TTIs of his previous order.

As of April 2021, data showed that 78 TTIs have registered health care-related qualifications while 118 have registered CTTP.

Meanwhile, the training on contact tracing, which was developed with the help of the Health Human Resources Development Bureau of the DOH and the health industry experts, runs for 15 days under blended learning modality.

Trainees for contact tracing must have completed at least 10 years basic education or holder of Alternative Learning System certificate of completion with Grade 10 equivalent and has basic communication skills.

Scholars are given a training allowance amounting to PhP2,400 for the entire training duration, insurance coverage, and additional allowance to cover internet expenses and personal protective equipment. ###