4 Mandaue traffic enforcers fail drug test

By: Mary Rose Sagarino - CDN Digital Correspondent | January 27,2021 - 06:33 PM

Personnel from the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) undergo a surprise drug test. CDN Digital photo | Mary Rose Sagarino

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – Four personnel from the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) tested positive for illegal drugs during a random drug test conducted last January 13, 2021.

About 200 TEAM personnel underwent the surprise drug test conducted by the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) two weeks ago.

Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes, said they are now waiting for the confirmatory test results of those who tested positive. He added that once the confirmatory test yields positive results, the concerned employee will face sanctions depending on his employment status.

For job order employees, their contract of services will not be renewed while regular employees will undergo due process based on the city’s drug-free workplace ordinance.

He said that most of the city’s traffic enforcers are job order employees.

Ibañez said the personnel who were absent during the surprise drug test have already undergone the test.

He said that two traffic enforcers refused to take the drug test. Their contracts will not be renewed.

Ibañez said that the surprise drug test will continue in all offices to ensure that no city hall employee is a user of illegal drugs.

Ibañez warned employees not to use illegal drugs as this has dire consequences.

“Ato lang hangyo nga dili gyud musod sa ing-ana nga matang sa bisyo kay mausab manggud ang atoang panghuna-huna, diri sa ato’ng public service dili gyud maayo nga mosulod ta ana nga bisyo. Mag baga’t nalang sad ni nga warning sa tanan’g mga trabahante sa dakbayan sa Mandaue nga dili gyud mo sulod sa ingun ana kay permi na ni ato’ng drug test. Makita gyud kung kinsa ang naggamitay ani’ng ginadiling drugas,” said Ibañez. /rcg

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