DOLE to open 5,000 contact tracer jobs for NCR Plus

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021   •   1756

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to hire around 5,000 contact tracers as part of its emergency employment assistance program.

The job vacancy will be opened next week once the details of the application are finalized between DOLE and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Salary will be based on regional wage rate. So for National Capital Region (NCR), each contact tracer will receive a minimum wage per day of P537 or around P16,000 per month.

Atty. Ma. Karina Trayvilla, director of DOLE – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) said successful applicants will be provided training for the job but the base requirements would be basic knowledge in telephone and internet service.

“Ang gusto po sana nating ma-hire dito ay ang ating mga nasa informal settlers at iyong mga na-displaced po sa trabaho,” Trayvilla said adding that they are also pushing to hire high school graduates since they already have the skills.

The official said the government targets to achieve the ideal ratio of one contact tracer per 800 population to effectively conduct contact tracing activities.

Interested individuals may apply before the DOLE’s Public Employment Service offices.

Palace sees eased quarantine restriction in NCR Plus

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said quarantine restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus might ease next week.

On Thursday, Roque announced that community quarantine classification in NCR Plus might ease beginning June 15 due to the low attack rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and health care utilization rate. He reported that the hospital care utilization in Metro Manila remains very low or at 53% in ICU beds.

“I would say in fact that based on the figures, Metro Manila Plus might be looking at de-escalation. It might not be to modified general community quarantine [MGCQ] but it could be to ordinary general community quarantine [GCQ] because ang GCQ natin ngayon ay mayroon pang restrictions (because the current GCQ still has restrictions),” he said.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will discuss whether to  reopen gyms and fitness centers.

The NCR Plus, which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, is currently under GCQ with restrictions until June 15. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DOTr, DOLE to provide jobs to repatriated OFWs affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr), along with other government agencies, has signed a memorandum that would provide job opportunities for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

During the 2021 Migrant Workers’ Day celebration on Monday (June 7), DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to provide OFWs displaced by the pandemic with employment opportunities in the DOTr.

“Our repatriated OFWs who are out of work will be able to work under the DOTr at narito sila sa sarili nilang bansa. They no longer need to go out of the country because work is here at home. Second, we will not be looking elsewhere in getting the needed workforce to finish various infrastructure projects,” he said.

Under the said agreement, the DOTr will provide OWWA with a list of vacant positions and skills required where an OFW can apply for work. These include projects under the Build Build Build Program.

Tugade reported that 2,000 jobs will be made available under the PNR Clark Phase 1 Project.

He also said that the department will not only prioritize hiring OFWs, but also displaced public utility drivers and conductors once the project becomes operational. AAC

NCR Plus under GCQ with restrictions until June 15

Maris Federez   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila and neighboring provinces are placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions.

In his pre-recorded Talk to the Nation on Monday (May 31), President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to extend the GCQ in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, also known as the NCR Plus, from June 1 to 15, 2021.

The president said that some restrictions shall still be in place in NCR Plus limiting the capacities of certain industries.

Meanwhile, from June 1 to 30, the following areas are placed under the GCQ status: Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Iligan City in Region 10; Davao City in Region 11; and Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

On the other hand, Cagayan Province and the City of Santiago in Isabela in Region 2; Apayao, Benguet, and Ifugao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Puerto Princesa City in Region 4B; Iloilo City in Region 6; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte in Region 9; Cagayan de Oro City in Region 10; and Butuan City and Agusan del Sur in Caraga are placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from June 1 to 15.

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until the end of June.

As in previous announcements on areas under MECQ and GCQ, only essential travel shall be allowed. —/mbmf

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