Four Moalboal workers positive of drug use

Four employees in the local government unit (LGU) of Moalboal town were found positive of drug use in a random testing last May 20.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) found marijuana substance in three urine samples and shabu in the other one.

However, the results will still be subjected to confirmatory tests in PDEA lab, said Joey Herrera, executive director of Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC).

Three workers refused to submit to the test after they left the venue when asked to fill out their information sheets.

Town Mayor Inocentes Cabaron stated that he will pursue the three workers who left from the drug testing area. He further said that those tested positive of illegal drugs should be dismissed.

The random drug testing was funded by the municipal government and facilitated by CPADAC.

It was conducted upon the mayor’s request to Gov. Hilario P. Davide III when they met during the town fiesta last week.

“I agree with him that government employees should lead by example,” the mayor said.

To keep it secret, the mayor told them that they will have a general assembly at the municipal gym in the morning.

Around 83 names were electronically selected for the drug test: six regular and 77 job order employees. But not all of them were present.

There were also 20 workers from Moalboal Water District, including its General Manager Nolan Tapales. Cabaron was the lone town official who took the drug test.

According to Herrera, Moalboal is the first LGU that requested the CPADAC to facilitate a random test in their locality.

In the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 071625, the agency affirmed the validity of the dismissal of employees found positive of drugs.

The CSC Memorandum Circular No. 13-2010 also stated, “It should be emphasized that any official or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be subjected to disciplinary/administrative proceedings with a penalty of dismissal from the service at first offense pursuant to Section 46 (19) of Book V of Executive Order 292 and Section 22 (c) of its Omnibus Rules.”

The circular was issued to all constitutional bodies, departments, bureaus, and agencies of the national government unit, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, and state universities and colleges.