AN official from the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Tagum City tested positive in a surprise drug screening on Monday, August 1.
This was confirmed by Mayor Rey Uy in a radio interview on the same day.
According to a press release from the city government, the mayor along with other elected officials participated in the drug test.
In a report from PTV DavNor, the drug test was held inside the Sangguniang Panlungsod, which resulted in the session having a one-hour recess to give way for the testing.
Right after, the test result came, where one official tested positive for use of illegal drugs.
The name of the official was not disclosed, in accordance with Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which states that all records related to drug testing should be kept "confidential."
According to the report, a confirmatory test will be conducted. If the official would still test positive on the second time, sanctions, and disciplinary measures will be imposed.
Meanwhile, Uy said in a statement that the official will undergo rehabilitation once confirmed to be using illegal drugs.
"Importante nga ma-rehabilitate ang maong opisyal ug kini wala gikomporme kon gi-tolerate sa atong panggamhanan tungod sa lakang niini nga (It is important to rehabilitate this official and this is not being tolerated by the government for its aim is to have a) Drug-Free Workplace Program," the city government said. RGL