Two hundred thirty-one contact tracers in the province are capacitated by the DILG Antique Local Governance Resource Center on government rules and protocols thru a one-day capacity building activity on Civil Service Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards or the Republic Act No. 6713 in the capital town of San Jose. The orientation was conducted by Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Antique Director Ramon Refugio.
While their services rendered will only be until December 31, 2020, contact tracers are expected to deliver their tasks as stated in their terms of reference by conducting interviews, profiling, and performing an initial public health risk assessment of COVID-19 cases and their identified close contacts, as well as refer the close contacts to isolation facilities, in coordination with local health authorities.
They are also expected to represent the Department in their respective areas of assignment. Since they come from various educational backgrounds and experiences, they need to inculcate not only the DILG’s mode and manner of operations but also that of the government as a whole.
Following the new normal, DILG Antique employed an on-site and virtual orientation. The team leaders in all municipalities were physically present during the orientation while the remaining participants attended from their respective stations via live streaming.
DILG Antique Provincial Director Cherryl Tacda said that she hopes the activity will fill the knowledge gap of the contact tracers to necessary government rules, protocols, and norms of conduct of public officials and employees.