TWO sanitary inspectors resigned after they were found positive on prohibited drug use, Zamboanga City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos said.
Agbulos was quick to add they were found positive prior to the issuance of Executive Order 188 citing all health personnel must undergo random drug testing.
“It had been a thing of the past. This had happened sometime two or three months ago,” Agbulos said.
No confirmatory test was done since they already admitted and resigned from government service, according to Agbulos.
The conduct of random drug testing started last year following rumors that some of the City Health Office personnel are drug dependents.
Last June 30, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued E.O. 188 mandating all City Government officials and employees to undergo drug test.
This was in response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte “to unite our efforts in curbing the illegal drug problem in the country.”
Earlier, six of the initial batch of employees, who have undergone drug test yielded positive result.
The conduct of unannounced random drug testing continues.
The City Government has more than 2,000 personnel and the City Health Office has more than 400 personnel including those assigned in the different health districts.
Also covered by E.O. BC-188 were officers and personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ), Philippine Coastguard (PCG) and other law enforcement agencies station in the city.