16 ‘drug users’ in Danao City Hall may be dismissed from service

SIXTEEN employees of the Danao City Government may face dismissal from service after they tested positive in a surprise drug test last Tuesday.

Another employee refused to submit his urine sample after admitting to Mayor Ramon Durano III and Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) executive director Joey Herrera that he took drugs during the city’s fiesta celebration last Sunday.

Still, the mayor told the employee to undergo the drug test or face dismissal from service.

“He told the mayor that it’s alright if he gets fired because he admitted that he used illegal drugs during the fiesta,” Herrera said.

Of the 195 employees who were randomly selected for the drug test, 16 tested positive but the initial result is still subject to a confirmatory test.

If confirmed that they used illegal drugs, the City Hall personnel will be dismissed from service.

Only 150 of the City’s close to 1,300 employees were initially identified to undergo the test. CPADAC shouldered the cost of the drug test for 50 personnel while the City paid for the test kits of the other 100 employees.

“But the mayor kept adding more names to be tested and we ended up with 195 employees who were randomly selected,” said Herrera. The test was done inside the mayor’s conference room.

He said Durano requested for the drug test to confirm the information relayed to him that some city employees are drug users.

Last Sept. 16, an employee of the Office of the Vice Governor tested positive for drug use. The day before that, six employees of Cordova also tested positive.

From March 31, 2014 to Sept. 7 this year, 1,817 personnel from 22 towns and cities of Cebu have undergone random drug tests facilitated by CPADAC. Sixty of them were positive.

Another 700 personnel from 17 Provincial Government offices underwent drug test and 27 tested positive.

Davide dismissed all 27 employees, Herrera said.

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