Some five contact tracers hired by the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) in collaboration with Manila Public Employment Service Office (PESO) signed their employment contract during the ceremonial launching of the TUPAD Contact Tracing Project on May 1, 2021 at the Manila City Hall.

Along with the contact tracers were PESO Manila Manager Fernan Bermejo and DOLE-NCR Manila Field Office Director Ma. Corazon M. Pepito.

Contact tracers hired by the said government offices are included under DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program, notably known as “TUPAD”.

The City Government of Manila is allocated with a total of 707 contact tracers to intensify the local government’s contact tracing.

Annzell Aniceto, one of the hired contract tracers under TUPAD said that she used to be a contact tracer under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The 33-year old homemaker from Malate, Manila, was thankful for the opportunity provided by the DOLE.

“Before po yung pandemic nawalan po ng trabaho yung asawa ko. Tapos nung nakita ko itong hiring ng contact tracers ng DOLE, nag-apply ako dahil naging contact tracer na ako ng DILG. Talagang nagpapasalamat ako dahil nagbigay ng opportunity ang DOLE upang magkaroon ako ng hanapbuhay ngayon,” said Aniceto.

Meanwhile, aside from the daily compensation of P537.00, the contact tracers were enrolled to GSIS insurance through its Group Personal Accident Insurance (GPAI). DOLE-NCR also provided them with personal equipment such as TUPAD shirts and face masks.

This project is brought by the collaborative effort of the DOLE, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to boost the contact tracing program of the government to control the spread of COVID-19.

END / Ernest Mhel Aranda