Mayor Beng requests local confirmation of drug test results PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 July 2016 13:41

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco has made representations with Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on the possibility of conducting confirmatory tests of positive test results on urine drug screens in Zamboanga instead of Manila.

This in light of the mandatory random drug testing for all City Government employees and uniformed personnel assigned in the city that the mayor directed through Executive Order 188. Initial drug tests administered by the City Health Office and the PNP Crime Laboratory showed that at least 6 City Government workers were positive in urine drug screens. These results were forwarded to DOH Manila for confirmation however confirmatory results have yet to be received.

Based on the law, positive test results on urine drug screens must be verified with a confirmatory test before they can be used for legal purposes. The administrative action on the subject city government employees depends on the confirmatory tests.

Mayor Climaco said Sec. Ubial mentioned the possibility of revisiting the guidelines and eventually finding ways to have the confirmatory tests done locally for faster release of results. “Hinde na debe anda na Manila, it should be done only here in the region. There is only a need for proper coordination of [concerned] government agencies so this can be done.”

One possibility is for the City Government to provide the drug testing kits to the PNP Crime Laboratory based in the city or at the DOH regional office, the mayor said.

Looking at the national government’s staunch advocacy against illegal drugs, Climaco said the City Government will do its best to complement and supplement the campaign by exhausting all means possible.

According to the mayor, the DILG Secretary stressed that there should be proper coordination of all agencies to implement the campaign in all cities and municipalities but even without the directives and official mandates on how to do it, the City Government and through the DOH will already undertake initiatives.

Climaco has also created Task Force Cambio Vida led by City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos to devise ways on how to help rehabilitate and recover the increasing number of drug personalities surrendering to authorities as a result of the anti-drugs campaign. — Sheila Covarrubias