The Department of Interior and Local Government emphasized Thursday that all localities must provide personal protective equipment to their contact tracers as the country continues its uphill battle against COVID-19.

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DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya in an interview over ABS-CBN News reminded local chief executives (LCE) of their responsibility to enhance the contact tracing programs in their juridsictions.

In an agreement, Malaya noted that the DILG will pay the salaries of the contact tracers (CTs) but the local government units (LGUs) are responsible for the daily expenses of the CTs.

Quezon City Contact Tracing District 4 Field Operation Chief Melvin Abrigo Jr. had earlier  said the city’s contact tracers are provided with food and transportation by the city government.

Malaya noted that the DILG has distributed to its regional offices the salaries of the additional contact tracers they hired from Oct. 1 to 13.

“Nag-release na po (ang Department of Budget and Management) para po sa first batch P946 million out of P5 billion na pampasahod (The funds for the payment of the salaries were released (by the Department of Budget and Management) for the initial batch of (CTs) amounting to P946 million out of the P5 billion),’’ Malaya said.

Malaya urged LGUs without digital contact tracing to adapt the government’s app Staysafe system.

He stressed the importance of the additional contact tracers as  early recruits have gone very weary due to their overwhelming tasks. 

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