Mayor Sara Duterte has ordered the termination of three employees of the city government after they tested positive in a mandatory random drug testing conducted last month.
“The practice is to conduct unannounced mandatory drug tests among city government workers. Even the drug test for the department heads was unannounced,” City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) action officer Michael Denton Aportadera said.
The three terminated employees were among the 1,127 government workers who were asked to undergo mandatory drug testing in the past month. In a press release, the City Information Office said all the 12,000 employees of the city government will undergo the succeeding mandatory drug testing.
“We did the confirmatory test for the three employees after they tested positive, and it turned out that there were indeed traces of illegal substances in the urine samples submitted for the test,” he said.
Aportadera said his office is spearheading the conduct of drug tests among local government employees in accordance with the Civil Service Commission rules. This only shows that the city is serious in its commitment to support the national government’s fight against illegal drugs.
Civil Service Commission (CSC) Circular No. 13 requires all government employees, whether holding plantilla or job order positions, to undergo a mandatory random drug test.
Aportadera said the mandatory drug testing is being done as part of the campaign to promote a drug free workplace.
It can be recalled that Sara and the department heads were also subjected to the mandatory drug testing and all tested negative. This was done to ensure that government employees are not illegal drug users.
Sara already warned City Hall employees that they will either be terminated or made to undergo rehabilitation once they test positive for illegal drugs use. But in the case of the three employees, she decided to terminate their employment. Lovely A. Carillo