TESDA-NCR pioneers contact tracing training in the country

TAGUIG CITY - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the National Capital Region (TESDA-NCR), through the MuntiParLasTaPat District Training and Assessment Center, formally opens Contact Tracing Level II Training Program here on Friday, September 4, 2020.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña led the launching along with Deputy Director General for Operations Lina Sarmiento, TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr., MuntiParLasTaPat District Director Atty. Balmyrson Valdez, and the 25 pioneer students who will start their training on Monday, September 7, 2020.

"As the government continues to pursue aggressive testing, tracing, and treatment as among the strategies to fight COVID-19, TESDA welcomes the opportunity to be of service and at the frontline of these efforts, along with the Department of Health and other partner agencies like the local government units and the Red Cross," Lapeña said in his message.

Addressing the trainees, the TESDA chief stressed the importance of focus and active participation in their classes.

"Your role as contact tracers is very crucial. Your speed and competence in contact tracing will be one of our effective instruments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country," he added.

Lapeña also expressed his optimism that other regions and provinces will follow and start opening their own Contact Tracing Training Programs in the next few weeks.

TESDA will provide each trainee with Php2,400 for the whole training duration or Php160 per day as a training support fund, with Php500 for PPE and another Php500 for their mobile data.

Most of the trainees are caregiving graduates and other health-related qualifications coming from the cities of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig, and Municipality of Pateros.

Contact Tracing Level II Training Program lasts for 15 days or 120 hours of full-online mode of training delivery with 8 hours of training per day.

On the said training program, students can learn how to develop competencies on conducting case investigation and contact identification, planning an investigation and interview, evaluating the results of their interviews, profiling of contacts and data recording, conducting referral to health facility or quarantine, coordinating with health workers and even drivers during the transport of close contacts, and monitoring the patient during transport.

The competency standards of Contact Tracing Level II was developed by TESDA last July 2020.
A subsequent training program to develop Regional Lead Trainers for Contact Tracing was conducted last July 27 to 31, 2020 by the National TVET Trainers Academy (NTTA).

Participants in the training program included TVET trainers from public and private training institutions, as well as doctors, nurses and barangay health personnel from the different regions of the country.
During the training program, the participants developed curriculum, learning materials and training plans.

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