A MALE employee of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol tested positive for illegal drug use, according to the Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO).
HRMDO chief Alma Ravena said the finding is based on the result of the drug test conducted by the provincial government in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The HRMDO spearheaded last week the first leg of a series of symposium on the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The symposium, which tackled the importance of a drug-free workplace, also included a urine test.
Of the 100 Capitol employees present, one employee tested positive for illegal drugs.
Ravena, who refrained from naming the employee, said it is up to the concerned worker to challenge the result or subject himself to confirmatory drug test.
“He can challenge the result by subjecting himself to a next higher test which is at the national laboratory in Quezon City,” she said.
Ravena said that under the Civil Service Commission police, an employee who tests positive for illegal drug use is subject to separation from service with forfeiture of benefits.
Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the province will act according to the provisions of the law.
Banias said the employee can be dismissed.
“There is no place in the Capitol for drug abuser and drug user,” he said.
Banias said while he is not fully knowledgeable of the law, there is a memorandum circular for government employees who use illegal drugs.
“A job hire or job order who tested positive for illegal drugs will not be subject to renewal of contract. We will still meet with the HRMDO because we only received initial information,” he said.
Banias said there will still be another set of symposium for Capitol employees.
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