Male teacher refuses drug test as more than 60 undergo screening

By Jose Santino S. Bunachita September 12,2017

ABOUT 67 teachers, four workers and one security guard of Alaska Elementary School and 26 teachers of Alaska Night School in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City underwent a random drug test on Tuesday.

The drug test facilitated by the Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) had one male teacher who refused to submit to the test. “I talked to the principal as to the reason of his refusal and he said he was not feeling well. We can’t allow that because we only need to take his urine sample,” Lao said.

The teacher was even brought to the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to be checked but he still refused to take the drug test as of 6 pm on Tuesday.

Lao said he already asked the school principal to submit to him an incident report regarding the teacher.

The report will be referred to the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City Schools Division, which requested for the drug tests on teachers and non-teaching personnel of all the 126 public elementary and high schools in the city.

Cosap started conducting its drug tests on teachers in the Regino Mercado Elementary School and Regino Mercado Night High School in Barangay Pahina Central on Monday. The group will continue with the drug testing in the other schools this week.

Schools are chosen through drawing of lots in the morning together with a committee from the DepEd.

Lao said results of the drug tests will be forwarded to the DepEd. He said by Friday this week, Cosap will collate all the data from the drug tests.

The drug testing is mandated under DepEd Order No. 37 series of 2017 or the Deped Drug-Free Workplace Policy which was promulgated last July 31.

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