181 newly-hired contact tracers of DILG Bataan completed their online training titled 'Enhancing LGU's COVID-19 Response Through Effective Contact Tracing: Skills Training for Newly-Hired Contact Tracers' on November 9, 2020, via Zoom Online Platform.
Pool of speakers included Eugene Arbis from the World Health Organization, PLtCol Nelson Buhong of Bataan Police Provincial Office and Dra. Lahaina Bulaong, MHO of Dinalupihan who discussed engaging topics such as DOH Contact Tracing Protocols, Cognitive Interview Skills and Dinalupihan's best practices in contact tracing, respectively.ADAS II Vangie Rodriguez, DILG Bataan’s HR Officer, thoroughly explained the administrative and financial documentary requirements of the contact tracers needed to comply in the duration of their contract.
The said online training would not be complete without a simulation exercise participated by the CTs as an application of what they have learned from the speakers.
The group was divided into six breakout rooms into which they had a role-play of a contact tracer interviewing close contacts/COVID-19 positives. Various DILG Bataan personnel supervised the breakout sessions including CTL Melissa Nipal, MLGOO Cristy Blanco, MLGOO Ma. Jasmin Bartolo, PM Allan Don Malonzo, CDS chief Johnny Mandocdoc, LGOO II Donna Joy Nacar and LGOO II Danilyn Peña.
PD Myra Moral-Soriano, in her closing message, welcomed the newly-hired personnel as now members of the DILG family. Dra. Rosanna Buccahan, Bataan's provincial health officer also gave inspiring messages to the CTs, on behalf of Gov. Albert Garcia.
These contact tracers will be deployed on their respective LGU assignments to augment the government’s campaign against the spread of the COVID-19.