Capitol workers undergo random drug test

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Monday, March 31, 2014


SOME 200 Capitol employees, including Gov. Hilario Davide III, underwent a random drug test yesterday afternoon, as part of Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission’s (CPADAC) campaign against illegal drugs.

The governor and Provincial Board (PB) Member Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca volunteered to go first.

Meca earlier drafted a resolution calling for the immediate random drug testing on Capitol employees, which the PB approved.

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Joey Herrera, CPADAC executive director, said they used the computer to pick the names of outsourced, casual and permanent employees to undergo the test.

First-time activity

The provincial administrator sent a memo to the employees on the list, inviting them to attend a “re-orientation of policies” at the Capitol Social Hall yesterday afternoon.

When they got there yesterday, they were handed a form to fill up before receiving instructions from a representative from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7.

They were then handed a small bottle for their urine.

Meca, CPADAC vice chairperson, said it was the first provincial-wide random drug testing.

If an employee is found to be positive of drugs, PDEA will check what kind of drug the employee is using.

“There are some man gud naa mga tambal nga moabot ana nga level magpositive (a person taking certain medications can test positive),” she said.

There will also be a confirmatory test before the committee on discipline and investigation will investigate employees who test positive, she said.

The last resort is the dismissal of the employee, she said.

Herrera said results will be out today.

Negative results

The Capitol has a total of 2,012 outsourced, casual and regular employees.

Herrera said they encourage local government units to activate their Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

Earlier in the day, 52 policemen in Cebu City also underwent a random drug test. They didn’t have to wait long for the results, which were released yesterday afternoon.

The 34 personnel of the CIB, 11 members of the intelligence units of different police stations in Cebu City and 10 personnel of the Public Safety Battalion all tested negative.

CIB Chief Romeo Santander admitted that they suspected some policemen of using illegal drugs, especially since they’ve conducted several anti-drug operations in the city.

“I had my doubts since you can’t prevent someone from using drugs. At least with the drug test, it cleared my doubts,” he said.
He said he hopes this will show police in a positive light.

“This also proves that we are not hiding anything from the public,” he said.

Santander said said random drug tests will be conducted from time to time.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 01, 2014.

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