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LOAKAN- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Cordillera kicks off Free Community-Based Training (CBT) on the competencies of Contact Tracing in Kapangan, Benguet with 15 trainees.
Provincial Director Vilma C. Cabrera graced the opening of the training along with Mayor Manny Fermin of Kapangan, Municipal Health Office-Kapangan, and their Trainer Ms. Priscilla Tolentino on October 19, 2020.
The trainees of the CBT are composed of 9 nurses, 3 midwives, 1 teacher, 1 nutritionist, and 1 criminology graduate. After the training, the graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and they will be serving their Municipality as Contact Tracers.
“This is the immediate need of the new normal since our cases here in Benguet is rising we need more Contact Tracers to mitigate the spread of this deadly virus,” said PD Vilma CabreraCabrera also expressed her optimism that the 15 pioneer students will be a big help and the 12 Municipalities of Benguet will follow in the next few weeks.
TESDA Benguet will provide the participants with the required materials ranging from PPEs, scanner, BP Apparatus, Stethoscope and other health materials.
The CBT Contact Tracing will last for 8 days with a face-to-face mode of training and will strictly follow the health protocols on social distancing with a limited 15 trainees.
Cabrera urges the graduates of medical-related courses to join the said training. Interested applicants should have completed 10 years of basic education or Alternative Learning System (ALS) certificate of completion, with basic communication skills. Graduates of medical-related courses and community health workers in the municipality or barangay will be prioritized.
Meanwhile, there are two (2) institutions in Baguio City with registered programs in Contact Tracing Level II, the Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) and the Blue Phenix Skills Training Center Corporation under the scholarship program of TESDA. By Stephanie Nicole M. Peligman