Iloilo aims drug-free City Hall-A A +A
Friday, February 7, 2014
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is aiming for a hundred-percent drug-free City Hall by ordering a random drug testing among department heads and employees.
“The campaign for eradication of illegal drugs must start at City Hall to prove to the public that city hall employees are not drug users,” Mabilog said.
Mabilog made the announcement after meeting with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Arturo Cacdac, who conducted a seminar on drug abuse for Punong Barangays in the city last February 5, 2014.
City Administrator Norlito Bautista said it will be a compulsory drug testing for all department and division chiefs of the City Government to serve as an example to the employees working under them. However, the regular employees and casuals will be selected at random through a raffle.
The drug testing will be administered by the city health office (CHO) after the city mayor ordered the CHO to procure drug testing kits to use in the drug testing.
Bautista said that those found positive of the illegal substance will be subjective to administration investigation and due process. They will be meted with sanctions and possible dismissal from service.