MANILA- The government will hire and train contact tracers as part of its coronavirus pandemic response, officials said Wednesday as President Rodrigo Duterte's administration moved to ease unemployment.
The national government will coordinate with local executives for the hiring of contact tracers, who might be needed to perform the duty until next year, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.
"This is really the only way that we can identify those that can be isolated and tested," Año told reporters.
The hiring of contact tracers "to boost efforts to stop transmissions and defeat" the pandemic was initially proposed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez to help displaced Filipino workers earn money.
Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque said he received word from acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua that the contact tracers would be hired either on a temporary or permanent basis until the situation normalizes.
To date, the Philippines has tallied 11,350 coronavirus infections, of whom 751 died and 2,106 recovered.