by Angelyn S. Lacambra
Some 1000 permanent, co-terminous, casual, and job order employees of the Provincial Government of Cagayan (PGC) were required to undergo drug testing as a pre-requisite for employment (for casual and job orders) in the PGC. The drug testing was facilitated and supervised by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) at the Kammaranan Hall, Provincial Capitol on January 30-31, 2013.
PDEA Regional Director Juvenal Azurin in an interview said “the PGC requested our office to conduct drug testing to all employees to identify if there are employees who are positive for using prohibited drugs. Through urine test we will be able to determine the identities of employees who use shabu, marijuana or other illegal drugs,” Azurin added.
Azurin also said that the activity aims to strengthen the PGC’s campaign against illegal drugs. “Sanctions will be imposed on those employees who are tested positive for drug residues and eventually, they will be dropped from the service or either charged with administrative case,” he disclosed.
Aside from the conduct of drug-testing in some government offices the PDEA also facilitates seminars and Information Education Communication campaigns regarding the ill-effects of illegal drugs.