Mandatory drug tests done for 480 Capitol workers

SOME 480 Capitol workers were subjected to a mandatory drug test at the Capitol Social Hall on Monday, October 9.

Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) officer Marlon Ligan said the 480 selected employees are from both the executive and legislative departments.

Ligan said that if an employee tests positive in their initial test, the result will be subjected to a confirmatory test in Manila. The results of the confirmatory test will be released in November yet.

Governor Hilario Davide III said that as a matter of policy, a job-order worker who tests positive in the drug test will be asked to resign. But if a casual or regular employee tests positive, CPADAO will have them monitored to determine whether or not their addiction is severe, before deciding whether or not their services should be terminated.

Davide said he hopes that no one will test positive in Monday's drug test.

It was the second time that a random drug test was held for Capitol employees this year. The first one earlier this year involved some 100 employees. (Angel Mae Bellita, USJR Intern)

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