Fifty-seven (57) members of the LGU Traffic Enforcement Unit underwent surprise random mandatory drug test early Tuesday morning upon orders from Mayor John Dalipe.
Of the total number, 5 were tested positive during the rapid drug test conducted at the City Hall conference room. However, these positive results are still subject for confirmatory tests.
City Administrator Mario Yanga said the surprise random drug test was conducted at the behest of Mayor Dalipe who has been receiving complaints on alleged irregularities such as extortion and other misdemeanors committed by some traffic aides while performing their duties.
Yanga together with his assistants Cesar Raz and Christian Olasiman supervised the surprise drug test as part of an over-all effort to cleanse the ranks.
The activity, conducted by the Zamboanga Anti-Drug Abuse Council through the CHO, was also in compliance with Civil Service Commission (CSC) memorandum circular 05, series 2019 on mandatory random drug test for public officials and employees as well as in line with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug-free Workplace program.
Yanga said those who will be confirmed positive of drug use will be administratively sanctioned following due process. Another round of surprise random drug testing will be conducted for city government employees anytime soon, he added.
Prior to the rapid drug testing, the traffic aides were given orientation on proper grooming as well as employee conduct and behavior at work.
The LGU Traffic Enforcement Unit is under the Office of the City Administrator and has more or less 100 members. The last time that the City Government conducted surprise random drug testing for its employees was last June 30, 2018. (Sheila Covarrubias)