ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued categorically a fair but stern warning to all city local officials and employees found to be using prohibited drugs that they will be meter with the full force of criminal and civil service laws.
"As mayor, I am duty bound to enforce the laws and the pertinent administrative rules and regulations in relation to government employees who have been found to be using illegal drugs," Salazar said.
Salazar issued the stern warning after six City Government employees were tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as "shabu," during the mandatory drug test on the first day of her second term on June 30.
The conduct of the mandatory drug test on City Government officials and employees is in line with the Executive Order Salazar issued during her inaugural speech on June 30.
She specifically cited Section 36(d) of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the "Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002," which states "Officers and employees of public and private offices, whether domestic or overseas, shall be subjected to undergo a random drug test as contained in the company's work rules and regulations, which shall be borne by the employer, for purposes of reducing the risk in the workplace.
"Any officer or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be dealt with administratively which shall be a ground for suspension or termination, subject to the provisions of Article 282 of the Labor Code and pertinent provisions of the Civil Service Law," she said.
By using prohibited drugs, Salazar bewailed, government employees put at risk the very institution which they are serving.
Last weeek, three City Government workers, one a regular employee and two on job order status, were apprehended by the police in a drug bust operation in the village of Lumbangan.
Those arrested are assigned with the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources.
Salazar said the police will file appropriate charges against them.
Salazar said the issuance of Executive Order is in response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte "to unite our efforts in curbing the illegal drug problem in the country."