5 Bry. Mabolo workers sacked

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Friday, April 4, 2014


MABOLO did not renew the contracts of five barangay workers found positive for drug use.

“Mai-isyu ta ana sa mga tao nga atong trabahante kay mogamit og drogas (People might make an issue of it if we hire drug users in the barangay,” Barangay Captain Rey Ompoc told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

The five barangay workers are composed of two traffic enforcers, two garbage collectors (driver and loader) and one disaster personnel. Their contracts were up for renewal last April 1.

The City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) conducted the drug test among the 94 barangay workers during the first week of March.

Ompoc said he allowed the workers to finish the one-month contract but decided to dismiss them.

Advocacy

Cosap advocates helping barangay workers who test positive through out-patient rehabilitation for three months.

Barangay Guadalupe is also not inclined to retain the barangay workers who tested positive for drug use.

Guadalupe has over 220 barangay workers, but only 125 workers submitted urine samples during the drug test last April 1. Six tested positive.

Barangay Secretary Consuelo Go said they are waiting for Cosap’s official report. If the confirmatory test is positive for the six workers, their contracts will not be renewed.

Last Wednesday, the barangay passed a resolution reiterating the provisions under Guadalupe’s Barangay Employees Policy, where those found working under the influence of alcohol or drugs will either be terminated with cause or suspended without pay.

Last Thursday, Cosap conducted a drug test in Barangays Labangon and San Roque.

‘Bottoms up’ approach

In Labangon, five of the 139 barangay workers who underwent the drug test were found to be positive for drug use.

In San Roque, three tested positive out of 40 barangay workers.

Cosap has conducted drug tests in 16 barangays. Only Barangays Pulangbato and Taptap, both mountain barangays, were declared drug-free.

A total of 72 barangay workers tested positive for drug use.

Barangay Tisa has the most number of workers who tested positive, with 14.

Tisa Barangay Captain Phillip Zafra said only two were let go.

Zafra said he wants those who tested positive to get counseling and undergo rehabilitation.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama lauded Cosap for conducting the drug tests through the “bottoms up” approach by starting with the barangays.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 05, 2014.

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