10 Mandaue City Hall employees test positive for illegal drug use

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AT LEAST 10 employees from the two offices of the Mandaue City Hall were found positive for drug use following the random drug testing conducted last week.

The test samples were submitted to confirmatory tests, and only eight of the employees subjected themselves to the tests.

The two employees from the Department of General Services (DGS) and Mandaue City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Macenro) did not undergo the confirmatory test, and they will be asked to explain why, said City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, chairperson of the committee on health and focal person of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac).

Ruiz said they are still awaiting the results of the confirmatory tests on the eight employees.

If these eight employees test positive for drug use in the confirmatory tests, Ruiz said they will be called by their department heads and to the Office of the Mayor for an investigation and they will be given due process.

Ruiz said employees confirmed positive for illegal drug use usually get terminated from work.

A total of 515 employees were tested—450 from the DGS and 65 from Macenro. Eight of the employees who tested positive for drug use are from DGS, while two are from Macenro.

Ruiz said she is frustrated that there are still City Hall employees who use illegal drugs despite their efforts to discourage people from taking in banned substances.

The councilor warned the City Hall employees of another random drug testing in their respective offices, saying the city government is very strict on cleaning its ranks.

Last November, seven personnel from the City Health Office, Emergency Operations Center, and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office were found positive for illegal drug use. Ruiz did not divulge the results of the confirmatory tests though. (MKG)

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