Surprised Mandatory Drug Testing for All PGA Employees
LUNA, Apayao-On the day President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his most awaited State of the Nation Address (SONA), a supposed general meeting for all the department heads, officials and employees of the Provincial Government of Apayao (PGA) has turned out to be a surprised mandatory drug testing.
The unexpected mandatory drug testing to all employees of the PGA which was coordinated in advance with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA-CAR) has been mandated by Governor Elias C. Bulut, Jr.
Gov. Bulut’s move is in full support of the relentless drive of President Duterte against illegal drugs and has thought that requiring all employees to undergo surprised drug testing is one way of showing an all-out backing to this difficult yet not impossible undertaking of the new administration.
“The surprise mandatory drug test to all with the assistance of PDEA,” according to Gov. Bulut “is a necessary means to preserve the credibility of the said drug testing and that those who are positive or users cannot evade.”
According to the Provincial Administrator, Mr. Vincent Talattag, a total of 783 employees including the Vice Governor Remy Albano, some of Sangguniang Panlalawigan members and all department heads were subjected to the drug testing.
Mr. Talattag who believes that the Province of Apayao is the first Province in Cordillera who had initiated this move said there are no further instructions yet coming from the governor what would be the next move in case there will be employees who are positive or under the influence of illegal drugs.
Employees of different District Hospitals located at the Upper part of Apayao were not spared in the said drug testing as they were required to attend the general meeting.
The PDEA-CAR will be forwarding the result of the examination for a week or so. In return, the Officialdom of Apayao has expressed its gratefulness to the personnel of PDEA-CAR particularly the leadership of Director Juvenal Azurin who positively responded to the request of Gov. Bulut.