San Carlos City conducts surprise drug testing on employees

PHOTO CAPTION: Employees of the San Carlos City LGU get screened for illegal drugs./iNEWS (Photo: San Carlos City PIO)

BACOLOD CITY–Monday, July 26, began with a surprise for employees of the San Carlos City government.

This, after the San Carlos City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (SCCADAC) conducted random drug testing—the first for the year—on 97 employees at the Barangay 6 Covered Court.

Screened by the health personnel of the San Carlos Doctors’ Hospital assisted by the Philippine National Police–San Carlos were 49 employees of Bantay Dagat and 36 Job Orders and 12 regular employees of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRMMO) in the Operation Sector.

Ana Liza Macaraya, Legal Assistant II and SCCADAC Secretariat (left) and Mayor Renato Gustilo (right) overseeing the activity./iNEWS (Photo: San Carlos City PIO)

Ana Liza Macaraya, Legal Assistant II and SCCADAC Secretariat, said that a yearly drug test is part of the requirement for a drug-free workplace as mandated by the city and Civil Service Commission thru RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Macaraya added that it is important for employees to be tested for illegal substances even in a pandemic so the government could assess their work status, recognizing that the use of prohibited drugs could jeopardize work outputs and relationships with co-workers, among other work-related issues.

Besides, she quipped, the government would rather give job opportunities to those who are willing to work and have better use for their salary than waste it on illegal activities.

Also present during the drug testing activity were Mayor Renato Gustilo and Barangay 6 Punong Barangay Ronaldo Batusin. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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