Drug test yields negative results

MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio tested negative for drugs after she and most of the city government leadership underwent a surprise drug test starting Monday. No one tested positive.

 Around 200 city hall drivers also took the test yesterday.

 The Mayor said employees who test positive could face termination from work.

 “It would all depend on his job. He could be terminated but we will definitely assess his records and consider many factors, including the length of service. For regular employees, we will refer to City Anti-Drug Abuse Council,” she said.

 The Mayor took the test Tuesday, a day after all of her department heads tested negative Monday.

 The Civil Service Commission, through CSC Circular No. 13 mandated government employees to take mandatory random drug tests, with the city leadership taking the lead.

 “We have to be an example to our society with regard to healthy living, and being clean, and not engaging into drugs,” the Mayor said, adding that “we should also set an example to the people of Davao — that we should never engage in illegal drugs.”

 At least 30 department heads took the test Monday, while 168 city hall drivers also took the test Wednesday morning.

 “The local government is not only implementing the memorandum from the Civil Service Commission, but also showing that we are serious in our commitment to support the government’s fight against illegal drugs,” Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) chair Michael Denton Aportadera said.

 Members of the Cadac and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) asked department heads for their urine samples for a surprise drug test after their regular weekly department heads’ meeting.

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