Following the release of the DILG guidelines directing its Regional Offices (ROs) to rehire 30 percent of the initially employed contact tracers (CTs), DILG Olongapo rehired 45 CTs to ensure the continuity of contact tracing efforts in Olongapo City for at least five months.
DILG City Director Amada T. Dumagat, during the official turnover ceremony, congratulated and thanked the rehired CTs. Hoping for their stronger commitment, she said, “Sinuri kayo based sa inyong last performance at kayo ang mga napili. Umaasa ako na mas magiging maigting pa ang inyong serbisyo para sa ating lungsod.”
The 45 CTs were assessed by the barangay health centers, City Health Office, and DILG City Office on the criteria of attitude and professionalism, quality of work, dedication, teamwork, and cooperation. They will be redeployed in the 17 barangays of Olongapo City and shall serve from February 3, 2021 to June 30, 2021.
Stressing the importance of contact tracing, Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino Jr. said that they tried to rehire 100% of Olongapo CTs, but city government funds were just really limited.
"Sinubukan talaga namin dagdagan o ibalik pa ang mga ibang contact tracer hanggang kahapon, pero kulang talaga ang budget, but I will provide uniform for you. Contact tracers talaga ang kailangan natin sa panahon ng pandemic kahit dumating pa ang vaccine," he said.
The official turnover ceremony was conducted on February 3, 2021 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall. City Health Officer Rodrick Bustamante was also present to witness the said activity.