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No employee positive for drugs in Pilar test

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

Out of 67, no municipal employee of Pilar in Camotes Island tested positive of substance abuse.

Of the 67 employees nobody also admitted they are drug users in a random drug testing conducted last November 18.

The surprise test was conducted by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) with the help of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 upon the request of the municipal government.

CPADAC Executive Director Joey Herrera said Pilar was the 14th town that procured the drug testing services of CPADAC and PDEA 7.

So far, it is the only town in the province that had all its employees spotless during the drug test. Though in Sogod, no employees tested positive of drugs as well but one of them admitted on being a user before the test.

Also in Camotes Island, five municipal employees (three in San Francisco, two in Poro) confessed they are drug users before the test could even begin last November 17.

Though Pilar belonged to the Camotes group of islands, it is a town nestled in a separate island.

The Capitol started the random drug testing for its employees. It was later on replicated in the towns and component cities.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III said the CPADAC-administered random testing will continue but suggested that the local government units (LGUs) appropriate funds for it starting next year.

Gov. Davide said it is up to the LGUs to apply sanctions to their employees. “But for Capitol employees, you are out of service,” he said.