Several Dumaguete City government employees underwent a random drug test Thursday as requested by the City Human Resource Management Office, in line with the thrust of the city administration for a drug-free workplace.
Assistant City Administrator Dinno Depositario said the test merely reiterated the policy of the administration of zero tolerance of drug addiction in the workplace, which affects not only the performance of the individual but also the integrity of the local government, a press release from the city said.
Depositario said it was determined that some employees may be more inclined to take illegal drugs due to the long holidays and various merrymaking activities.
He said that those found positive, whose urine samples will be sent for confirmatory tests, will be notified and dismissed unless they will voluntarily undergo the community-based rehabilitation, which they must complete and pass before their re-employment, the press release said.
In 2017, dozens of city government employees, including women, were found to be using illegal drugs and many of them refused to undergo rehabilitation or failed to complete the number of sessions required under the program, so their dismissal from the service became final.
The city government currently has nearly 1,800 regular, casual, and job order employees who may randomly be summoned to take the drug tests, the press release added.*
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