Random drug test set for Capitol employees

ACTING Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said on Monday, July 10, that Capitol employees will soon undergo a random drug test.

“The date won’t be announced. It could be conducted next month when funds would be available,” she said.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who has expressed support to the campaign against illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte, had said he is willing to undergo drug test any time.

Gelvolea said the random drug test will be conducted on Capitol employees upon the recommendation of the Provincial Human Resource Management Office (PHRMO).

"It used to be mandatory especially for drivers," she said.

“This is part of the Civil Service Commission’s move of professionalizing government service and to ensure that those in public service are worthy to become public servants,” Gelvolea said.

Those who will be tested positive for illegal drugs could be suspended and eventually dismissed, but they will be given due process through the PHRMO and the Provincial Legal Office, she added.
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