Cosap assures: We’ll resume drug testing soon

Cosap's assurance came as a Cebu City gov't employee nabbed for drugs in Liloan

By: Alven Marie Timtim - Correspondent/CDN Digital | October 16,2020 - 08:00 AM
COSAP and nabbed City gov't employee. A Cebu City government employee is among four individuals are arrested during a buy-bust operation in Liloan town in northern Cebu on Oct. 15. | CPPO photo

Three men and a woman, who was later identified as an employee of the Cebu City Local School Board, were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Vicente, Liloan town in northern Cebu at past 2 a.m. today, Oct. 15. | Photo courtesy of CPPO

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Office for Substance and Abuse Prevention (Cosap) will soon resume their surprise drug testing among Cebu City hall and Barangay workers and employees.

This following the arrest of a Cebu City Local School Board employee in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Vicente in Liloan town in northern Cebu this Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Read: Cebu City Local School Board employee, HVI, 2 others nabbed with P170K shabu

Jonah John Rodriguez, Cosap chief, told CDN Digital in a text message that they had not been neglecting their part because they had existing programs that had targeted the reduction of drug users or individuals working the city government, who were involved in illegal drug activities.

One of these programs is conducting suprise drug testing among employees and workers and those involving an outpatient rehabilitation program called AGAK (Atong Giyahaan Alang sa Kausaban).

Rodriguez said that 977 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) had benefited from AGAK and these persons availed of the Plea Bargaining Agreement of the Court.

“We are more on the demand reduction. We also have a part in the orientation of newly hired employees by HR. We gave them IEC (information education campaign) on the ill effects of drugs and salient points of RA 9165. Wala mi pagkulang pagpahimangno nila,” said Rodriguez.

(We are more on the demand reduction. We also have a part in the orientation of newly hired employees by HR. We gave them IEC (information education campaign) on the ille effects of drugs and the salient points of RA 9165. We did not lack in reminding them of this.)

According to Rodriguez, their job is not done until they are able to remove those who are in the government who are involved in illegal activities.

“As to the employee who was arrested for illegal drugs, I’m happy nga nadakpan siya para di na siya makahatag ug kadaut,” said Rodriguez.

(As to the employee, who was arrested for illegal drugs, I’m happy that she was arrested so that she could not cause harm anymore.)

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