The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Palawan is urgently in need of 517 contact tracers for its COVID-19 efforts.

Virgilio Tagle, provincial director of DILG, said Tuesday that hired individuals may earn up to P18,000 per month, or equivalent to salary grade 9.

This developed after a surge of local transmission cases was observed in the Calamian Islands Group since mid-August.

Applicants may access sample documents at and send applications to Interested individuals may also submit the requirements in a dropbox at the DILG Palawan Provincial Office in Capitol Complex, Barangay Tanglaw, Puerto Princesa City.

The applicants, a bachelor’s degree holder preferably of allied medical course or criminilogy, are required to submit:

* Letter of intent;

* Personal Data Sheet (PDS) or resume;

* NBI Clearance; and

* Drug test result

The interested applicants are expected to be skilled in data gathering, able to interview COVID-19 cases and close contacts, and an advocate of public health education message.

A contract of service will ensure hired applicants which may serve until December 2020.

The Palawan province has recorded a total of 263 confirmed patients, with 80 active cases, four deaths, and 179 recoveries as of Monday afternoon (3 p.m., September 15).