DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio tested negative of illegal drugs in a voluntary drug test Tuesday afternoon, October 10, in compliance with a government order for public officials to undergo mandatory drug testing.
The mayor said that her submitting to a test shows that the local government is supportive of the national government's campaign against illegal drugs.
"We have to be an example to our society with regard to healthy living, and being clean, and not engaging into drugs," she said. "And we should also set an example to the people of Davao -- that we should never engage in illegal drugs."
On Monday, more than 30 heads of department and officials of the City Hall also took the drug test. On Wednesday morning, October 11, 168 City Hall drivers also took the drug test.
"The local government is not only implementing the memorandum from the Civil Service Commission, but also showing that we are serious in our commitment to support the government's fight against illegal drugs," said Michael Denton Aportadera, the Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) action man.
Under Civil Service Commission Circular no. 13, government employees, whether they hold plantilla or job order positions, have to undergo the mandatory random drug test.
Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio said employees who will test positive for illegal drugs will be referred to Cadac for rehabilitation.
Termination from work is a possibility.
"It would all depend on his job. He could be terminated but we will definitely assess his records and consider many factors, including the length of service. For regular employees, we will refer to Cadac," she said. (PR)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on October 12, 2017.
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