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4 CSBT employees “shabu-positive”

| by: Lianne Llesol

Four male employees of Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) were initially found positive shabu users in a random drug test conducted yesterday. Two employees are outsourced, one casual and one janitorial.

A total of 96 employees were listed, including outsourced, casual, guards, janitors, clerks, medics, police and civil service unit personnel. CSBT administrator Vicente Dejoras Jr. said no one was exempted from taking the test, not even him.

However, only 89 employees submitted to the test. Dejoras said he would give a chance for those who missed. But he vowed that if they won’t submit to a drug test again, he will remove them from service.

“Lahuson na ug taktak kay dili man sila moanhi (They will be dismissed immediately because they refused to come). This means they are hiding something,” he said.

According to Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CPADAC) executive director Joey Herrera, this was the first time for a test to be conducted outside the Capitol. Not only provincial government employees are subjected to the test but also those from manpower service providers, he added.

In Monday’s random drug test in the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, one male outsourced employee tested positive.

Herrera affirmed that most of those found positive were outsourced employees. He added that this will serve as a reminder for the Cebu Provincial Government to be more cautious hiring of personnel in the future.

He suggested more screening procedures for applicants. He also pointed out that a drug test serves as a warning to all employees to quit their vices.

“For their well-being, undang na lang gyud sila (they should quit drugs),” he advised.

Those initially found positive of drug use will still undergo confirmatory test. Those who missed will be asked to explain. Once confirmed, proper actions will be taken.

Results of the confirmatory test will be released five days after the drug test was conducted.

Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III earlier vowed to dismiss those who are confirmed drug users.

“We don’t want drug users here in the Capitol,” he said.