Another round of drug testing for gov’t, PNP, bgy Print
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:02

Government personnel, the police and barangay will undergo another round of drug testing in line with an intensified campaign against the use of illegal drugs by the city government of Zamboanga.

In her regular press briefing yesterday, Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said that the campaign against illegal drugs will be intensified using the city government’s P5-million funds for the purpose.

“Zamboanga city must relaunch an anti-drug abuse campaign through drug testing.   Money has been appropriated for this, unfortunately through the years it was not fully implemented.  This time, I want the funds spent wisely and effectively to eliminate the drug menace in the city,” Climaco declared.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the city government through CADAC will spend the P5-million fund for massive drug testing on all local government officials and employees.

The chief executive also explained that the next step of the campaign is to ensure that the full process of rehabilitation of the drug dependents will be provided in a very clinical way “so that we will be able to bring them back to mainstream society.”

This would need coordination with the Department of Health for the establishment of a rehabilitation facility.  (Vic Larato)