No CPRDC worker found drug positive yet

No personnel of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center tested positive of drugs in a random testing conducted by Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) last June 27.

However, one of them was not able to urinate until 11:47, said Joey Herrera, executive director of CPADAC.

The commission also failed to test all the 33 personnel, including three security guards randomly selected for the drug test. Some of them are out of town as inmate escorts while others are night shift workers.

Herrera said they are already thinking of a follow up test and this time taking into account the distinct functions of the jail employees.

CPDRC was one of the Capitol establishments recommended for surprise drug testing by Governor Hilario P. Davide III, according to Herrera.

“The governor just wanted to make sure that his jail guards and the rest of his personnel here are not drugs users,” he said.

CPDRC is the third Capitol office and fourth overall subjected to random drug testing by CPADAC in collaboration with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7.

CPADAC also held drug testing on Capitol employees including job order personnel (formerly outsourced) of the Cebu South Bus Terminal and Provincial Environmental Natural Resources Office (PENRO).

Herrera said all those tested positive for drugs including one regular employee were already fired by the Capitol.

In a related topic, asked if there are illegal drugs circulating in the jail facility, Acting Jail Warden Romeo Manansala said they don’t have any reports about it yet this year.

But he confirmed that they have arrested outsiders, who guised themselves as visitors and sneaked drugs into the facility last year. He said three of them were charged but posted bail.