GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT. North Cotabato contract tracers are now ready for deployment after Governor Nancy Catamco (inset) gives them the go-signal on Friday (Oct. 9, 2020) to start doing their job in the province. A total of 401 contact tracers for Covid-19 will serve until the end of the year, subject to extension as the need arises. (Photo courtesy of North Cotabato PIO)
COTABATO CITY – Organized and committed, a total of 401 individuals in North Cotabato are now ready to be deployed as “contract tracers” in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“They came over, they are willing to help. I am glad North Cotabateños love their province so much,” North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco said after the orientation on the job of contact tracers on Friday.
The orientation, which was held at the provincial gymnasium in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City, gathered the “tracers” who will serve initially until December 31.
“Their services will be extended when necessary,” Catamco told reporters, adding that she was confident the group would perform well since they have undergone a stiff recruitment process.
“I am ready now. I know this job is quite difficult and dangerous but nothing can pay the happiness of helping our own province-mates,” said Rolan Bayawan, a nursing graduate.
Bayawan cited the efforts of Catamco “to bring home” stranded North Cotabateños from other areas so they would be safe here in the province.
“Her acts of love for the province are really inspiring so I am inspired to serve also,” he said.
Catamco, meanwhile, called on all province-mates who remain stranded in the Visayas, Luzon, or Mindanao to coordinate with the North Cotabato Task Force (TF) Sagip so the provincial government could facilitate their return home, free of charge.
“The TF Sagip is now again looking for our folks stranded in various parts of the country through the Hatid Tulong initiative of the national government,” she said.
Those who wish to avail of free services in returning home may call the TF Sagip contact number posted on its Facebook page. (PNA)