All City Hall execs pass unexpected drug test

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All of the department heads of the city government tested negative during an unannounced drug test on Monday.

They were followed by the pool of 167 drivers in City Hall who all tested negative.

The unannounced tests were conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the human resource department.

“All tests were done by PDEA, we are only there to spearhead it,” said Michael Aportadera, action officer of City Anti-Drug Abuse Council during the iSpeak meadia forum on October 12, Thursday.

Mayor Sara, the first to take the test, tested negative along with City Information Office head Jefry Tupas.

“ We are mandated by law based on a Civil Service Commission memo dated March 15, 2017 that there should be mandatory random drug testing for public officials and employees,” said Aportadera.

He said that they will continue to do the unannounced mandatory drug test until December 2017. The CADAC aims to conduct drug tests on around 12,000 government employees comprised of job orders, contract services and plantilla.

Sanctions will be given to those employees after incurring positive on the unannounced drug test and the confirmatory test. Regular employees who will test positive shall be subjected to rehabilitation.

“If they will be subjected to the rehab program their status in their work place will be on sick leave and if they refuse they will be slapped with proper sanctions,” said Aportadera. However, the mayor still has the last judgment whether to retain those plantilla employees or not.

“Depende ra gyud n aka mayor kung unsa iyang hatol ihatag sa mga mag positive kay remember Davao city is very stern with the campaign against drugs and the President is stern with that,” he added.

Termination will be given to those employees in the job orders and contract services.

Aportadera said shabu users can flash out 72 hours traces of drug use but it will take longer for Marijuana or cannabis users because this is either ingested or smoked.

Government employees found to be selling illegal drugs will be reported immediately to the PDEA for is proper action.