Capitol surprises jail guards with drug test

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Friday, June 27, 2014


SEPARATE drug testing at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) and at the Municipality of Tuburan yielded one positive result.

Jail Consultant Marco Toral left in the middle of the drug testing among CPDRC jailguards saying he was not included in the list.

“Apil pa diay ta ana (Are we still included in that)?” he told reporters even when Gov. Hilario Davide III, himself, voluntarily submitted to a drug test.

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It was in Tuburan town where one government employee was found positive for illegal drug use, said Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Council (CPADAC) Executive Director Joey Herrera.

The surprise test was conducted among 49 employees last Thursday.

But Herrera did not identify the employee as provided for under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Herrera said the result was better compared to the last time CPADAC conducted a drug test in the Municipality on Dec. 2013.

Mayor Democrito Diamante requested the drug test last year and 11 were found positive for illegal drug use.

CPADAC also conducted a surprise drug test yesterday among 30 jailguards and three outsourced security personnel.

No one tested positive.

There were 70 jailguards listed but Herrera said more than half of the CPDRC personnel were not on duty.

Even some of those on duty were out escorting some prisoners attending court hearings.

Herrera said he will schedule another drug test in the future.

Jail Warden Romeo Manandsala, during the collection of urine samples, said personnel found positive for drug use will be made to justify in writing why he or she should not be dismissed from service.

“The governor wants all employees who tested positive for drug use to be terminated,” said Herrera.

CPDRC is the third Capitol department to undergo surprise drug testing.

Employees of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) and the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) underwent the drug testing last May.

One Penro employee tested positive for drug use out of 37 while three outsourced personnel and a casual employee tested positive from the 95 CSBT personnel.

Davide submitted himself to a drug test last March 31 followed by some Capitol employees where nine were found to be positive for drugs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 28, 2014.

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