The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has launched the Contact Tracing Training Program (CTTP) led by Secretary Isidro Lapeña. This project aims to track down individuals who are positive with the coronavirus disease and prioritizes regions with the most number of cases.
During the virtual class opening for the 1st batch at TESDA Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Taguig at Pateros Training and Assessment Center, he stated that the program is their response and contribution to the government’s ongoing battle against the deadly virus.
Lapeña then commended the trainees who participated since they will be a huge help in preventing the further spread of COVID-19. TESDA is also urging the Local Government Units (LGU) to take part in them.
Furthermore, the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTI) nationwide are directed to register and collaborate with DOH facilities, barangay health centers, and Red Cross on their respective areas that have lesser equipment to observe competency standards.
Applicants must be at least 21 to 59 years old and ten years of basic education. If not, holders of Alternative Learning System certificate is also acceptable with basic communication skills. On the other hand, a trainer should have a Trainer’s Methodology Certificate and two years of experience as an instructor for the last 5 years.
A contact tracing mentor must also complete any health courses but this does not imply that he or she is a degree holder and possess good communication skills.
The program will run for 15 days that will be implemented with blended learning modules and will be done mainly thru online and face to face classes as provided by the curriculum. ”
The course will have 3 competencies: Basic, to enhance the learners working skills. Common, to cover jobs like first aid and lastly Core, to know the major components of contact tracing such as surveillance. Once they graduated, they will be able to apply on their corresponding local government.
If they are hired, they will receive Php 160.00 allowance per day, Php 500.00 for data and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Php 100.00 for the insurance.
Those who are interested can visit their website at tesda.gov ph or go to their regional offices.
Meanwhile, TESDA Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento revealed that it is important to give attention to this matter given that the country needs more contact tracers. They are also planning to give an orientation to more than 40,000 graduates on any TESDA health-related courses.