SPMC to screen personnel more after employee arrested on drugs

THE SOUTHERN Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) will impose a stricter screening process and background check of applicants and personnel following the arrest of one of its employees for illegal drugs.

This in connection, after an employee of SPMC was arrested in an anti-drug operation conducted by Sta. Ana Police Precinct on Sunday night right inside the compound of the government hospital.

Dr. Leopoldo Vega, the chief of hospitals of SPMC, told TIMES yesterday that the arrested employee will face the consequence of his actions.

“It’s really shameful and embarrassing for a government worker to be caught in a drug raid,” Vega said. “We have been doing drug tests for all applicants and random testing regularly but still there are criminal elements around.”

“We will do our best to make SPMC a truly drug free environment,” he further said.

Chief Insp. Hamlet Lerios, Sta. Ana Police Precinct commander, identified the suspect as Glenn John Tonzo Villasis, 31, an Administrative Staff III of SMPC, a resident of Dumanlas, Buhangin. Based on his Facebook page, Villasis is assigned as a food server at SPMC.

Villasis was arrested around 8 p.m. at the parking lot of SPMC hospital.

Operatives seized .22 gram of shabu with an estimated street value P2,000.

A manhunt was ordered against the hospital janitor who was said to be Villasis’ companion.

He said SPMC is not tolerating the wrongdoings of its employees, especially when it comes to illegal drugs.

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