5 traffic aides in Lapu-Lapu City axed for drug use

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FIVE of the six job order employees (JOs) working for the Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS) who failed the randon drug test have been terminated from service.

This after they were found positive when the results of the confirmatory test were released on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

The surprise random drug test was conducted last August 1.

The CTMS has more than 240 personnel but only 59 were subjected to a surprise random drug test.

Of the six traffic aide who tested positive during the surprise random drug test, only one turned out negative during the confirmatory test.

“Pagka-positive sa surprise drug test, gi-temporary terminate sila [and] right now, wa na gyud sila kabalik,” said Lao.

The traffic enforcer who was confirmed negative for illegal drug use will be reinstated to his job but Lao said they will continue to monitor the said individual.

He said two of the six traffic enforcers who earlier confirmed that they were using illegal drugs are now undergoing the CLOSAP drug rehabilitation program once a week.

Three of the six personnel, including the one who was confirmed negative, had reportedly contested the results of the random drug test and informed the executive director about the medicines they have been taking.

But Lao told them to write a letter to the Human Resource Development Office (HRDO) if they want to contest the results.

At least seven and four traffic enforcers were reportedly dismissed from their jobs after testing positive for illegal drugs in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Drug rehabilitation program

Lao said they required those who were confirmed positive for illegal drug use to undergo a rehabilitation program but he added that this is not an assurance for them to be reinstated nor be hired again.

“It's not a 100 percent assurance kay dili nato ganahan sad nga gamiton nga ahh makabalik ra ko for compliance na lang,” he said, adding that they want them to take the rehabilitation program seriously, which will run for four to six months.

Warning

With this, Lao warned all the City Hall employees that they may be conducting another surprise random drug test for the other departments or offices next week.

Lao said they have conducted several surprise random drug tests this year but he could not yet give the exact data.

The surprise drug test is in compliance with Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan's Executive Order 35 or the “Drug Free Workplace” program, according to Lao. (MKG)