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Mayor Climaco seeks to subsidize board and lodging of DILG-hired contact tracers in Zamboanga Peninsula

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Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco is eyeing the provision of the necessary resources to support the board and lodging of new contact tracers hired by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and have been deployed in Zamboanga Peninsula.

The local government said Climaco proposed to the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) during a meeting Tuesday, October 13, the grant of subsidy for the board and lodging expenses of contact tracers assigned in different areas in the region to enable them to effectively undertake their tasks of tracking and managing contacts of confirmed coronavirus disease patients.

The DILG has deployed contact tracers in Zamboanga Peninsula, including Zamboanga City where 656 contact tracers have been stationed.

Climaco said the new contact tracers could very well help identify, contain, and control Covid-19, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives if they stay close in their area of assignment.

In the same meeting, the city government said Climaco also raised the varying requirements of different local government units (LGUs) and agencies for locally stranded individuals (LSIs), authorized persons outside resident (APORs), and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) that complicate the situation and put the much burden on them.

She asked the RIATF to elevate the proposed harmonized policy to the national IATF.

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