Beng orders mandatory drug testing for LGU, security force PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2016 12:03

Immediately following her oath of office, City Mayor Beng Climaco submitted herself to a supervised drug test following her declaration of mandatory drug testing for all officials, executives, and employees of the local government in support of the unified national campaign against drugs.

The chief executive declared her order of mandatory random drug testing for local officials and employees through the issuance of Executive Order 188 during her inaugural speech Thursday morning, June 30, at the City Hall lobby.

“Starting today, we will implement Executive Order BC 188, an act directing all officials and employees of the City Government of Zamboanga, members of the Philippine National Police, Task Force Zamboanga, Philippine Coast Guard, and other law enforcement agencies stationed in the City of Zamboanga, to undergo mandatory random drug test to be conducted and monitored by the City Health Office with the assistance of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the PNP Crime Laboratory,” declared Climaco.

This, Climaco said, is the City’s response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to “unite our efforts in curbing the illegal drug problem in the country”, beginning with officials and employees of the City Government and the men and women providing security in the City.

Following the inauguration ceremonies, Climaco led officials and employees in the symbolic start of the mandatory drug test, and submitted herself for a supervised drug test conducted by personnel of the City Health Office and PDEA.

On the first day of implementation, a total of 208 city officials and employees coming from 12 offices underwent the random drug testing.

“The future of every Zamboangueño child is at stake. I mandate the full utilization of every asset of government to fight the menace of drug,” Climaco said as she enjoined all local officials to submit themselves for drug testing.

She also committed to working closely with the legislative body and the peace and order council to combat illegal drugs in the City.

Mayor Beng Climaco, along with all newly-elected officials, was sworn into office Thursday morning, June 30, in simple inaugural ceremonies held at the City Hall lobby. Aside from the random drug testing which followed the inaugurations, the City Hall also opened its doors to the public for a People’s Day and Open House which provided free medical consultations, massage and spa services.

A meeting with heads of barangays, dubbed “Junta con los Elijidos”, was undertaken by the chief executive in the afternoon. — Jasmine Mohammadsali