WORKERS IN Davao City’s private establishments are being trained on contact tracing to help them establish in-house crews that could augment the local government’s teams.

“The city conducts training on private establishments how to contact trace. We are teaching these establishments so that they would know better who among their contacts (need) to be traced,” said Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of Davao City coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) task force.

The first batch of trainees are mainly from business process outsourcing (BPOs) companies, where there were several outbreaks this year.

“Because there was an incident of surge of cases among the BPOs. Fortunately, cases have gone down among these establishments and they are very cooperative. Private establishments are open in helping the city government of Davao,” she said.

In April this year, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued an executive order for the mandatory swab testing of a positive patient’s contacts up to the third generation or F3 contact.

Ms. Schlosser said having tracers among the private sector makes information gathering easier as it would be among colleagues and acquaintances. — Maya M. Padillo