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BAGUIO CITY— Relentless contact tracing is vital to the government’s campaign against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), an official said on Thursday.

 The Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Director, Marlo Iringan said that the government aims to quickly and effectively identify potential carriers of the disease to isolate them from crowded communities and halt the rise in the number of new infections, hence the conduct of Contact Tracing Teams (CTTs) training is a must.

This is the primary reason why the Department, in partnership with the DOH, PNP, and the City of Baguio, endeavor to train all the members of the CTTs in the region.

“Rest assured that continuous capability building/orientations, not only on contract tracing but also on other policies, shall be conducted to boost the government’s campaign against covid-19 pandemic in the region,” he said.  

He also said that all LGUs are advised to increase the number of CTTs to do contact tracing for all persons with known exposure to Covid-19 patients. These teams will also monitor and report daily the status of suspect and probable Covid-19 cases of family members with known contact to a confirmed case to mitigate possibility of contagion.

 RD Iringan also underscored that the main focus for LGUs should be the PDITRM steps: to Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate and Mainstream in accordance with the National Strategy to Defeat Covid-19..

The DILG is the lead agency in contact tracing pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 25. On April 24, 2020, the DILG issued memorandum circular 2020-077 directing LGUs to establish LGU Task Force against COVID-19, including the Contact Tracing Team. (PMTG/DILG-CAR)