A RANDOM drug test conducted today found seven Cebu City Hall employees positive for drug use, an offense that may cost them their jobs.

The seven employees are under the Department of Public Services (DPS), which is tasked to address problems on solid waste management and disposal, street cleaning, repair and maintenance of garbage trucks.

A total of 132 employees took the drug test conducted this morning by the Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) as part of their efforts to eliminate erring personnel.

“This is not a good picture for the City. As a result of this, we will conduct more seminars on the ill-effects of drugs,” said Cosap chief Alice Utlang.

Those who were found positive today, she added, will have to undergo confirmatory tests.

As of June 9 this year, there were already 17 City Hall employees who were found positive for illegal drug use. One of them is a regular employee while the others are casual and job order (JO) employees.

For regular employees, Utlang said they could avail themselves of the City's rehab program. However, for casual and JO employees, committing such offense is tantamount to removal from office.

City Ordinance 1829, or the “Ordinance Requiring All Employees of the City Government of Cebu to Undergo Compulsory Drug Testing as a Pre-Employment Requirement and Annual at Random Drug Check-Ups,” provides that employees who will be found positive during the test will be dismissed.