City ex­ecs: Teacher should be sanc­tioned

RE­FUS­ING TO TAKE DRUG TEST

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Jose Santino S. Bu­na­chita RE­PORTER /WITH USJ-R IN­TERN KRIS­TINE Q. REMOLISAN

Im­pose sanc­tions on the teacher. Cebu City of­fi­cials made this call on Fri­day af­ter learn­ing about a teacher of Alaska El­e­men­tary School in Barangay Mam­bal­ing, who re­fused to un­dergo a sur­prise drug test last Tues­day.

Gary Lao, Cebu City Of­fice for Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion (Cosap) head, said what the teacher did could be con­sid­ered as gross in­sub­or­di­na­tion.

“I want the teacher to be given sanc­tions. I don’t like that Cosap be­comes a laugh­ing­stock. We fa­cil­i­tated the drug tests, and here comes a teacher who is sup­posed to be a role model to stu­dents who did not sub­mit his urine sam­ple,” Lao said.

Cebu City Coun­cilor Joy Au­gus­tus Young, deputy mayor on ed­u­ca­tion, agreed with Lao.

He cited Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) Or­der No. 37 se­ries of 2017, where it stated that it would be con­sid­ered an ad­min­is­tra­tive li­a­bil­ity of gross in­sub­or­di­na­tion if an of­fi­cial or em­ploy­ees would refuse, with­out any valid rea­son, to sub­mit him­self to a drug test.

“What he did is gross in­sub­or­di­na­tion be­cause that is in the DepEd or­der. He will be asked to ex­plain. It’s SOP (stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure) in Deped,” Young said.

Lao said that when Cosap con­ducted the sur­prise drug test­ing for teach­ers and non-teach­ing per­son­nel of Alaska El­e­men­tary School, the teacher re­fused to sub­mit his urine sam­ple be­cause he was not feel­ing well.

Lao, how­ever, said that this was not a valid rea­son not to sub­mit one’s urine sam­ple for the test.

Lao said that Dr. Bian­ito Da­gatan, DepEd Cebu City Schools Divi­sion su­per­in­ten­dent, would is­sue a memo ask­ing the teacher to ex­plain his side of the is­sue.

Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña, for his part, said he would want some­thing done about what hap­pened.

“If he did not like to un­dergo drug test­ing, I think he should be out in the DepEd. I’d let Joy Young han­dle that,” Os­meña said dur­ing a press brief­ing yes­ter­day.

Both Young and Lao said that the teacher would be asked to take a drug test again in an­other undis­closed sched­ule to­gether with other teach­ers who were ab­sent dur­ing the drug test­ing in their re­spec­tive schools.

Cosap started the ran­dom sur­prise drug tests on pub­lic el­e­men­tary and high schools in the city last Mon­day upon the re­quest of DepEd Cebu City Schools Divi­sion.

They had since con­ducted sur­prise drug tests in 12 schools.

Cosap’s records showed that 251 teach­ers had al­ready un­der­gone drug test­ing.

All were found neg­a­tive of il­le­gal drugs use.

An­other 12 were ab­sent dur­ing the drug test­ing while one re­fused to un­dergo the test.

CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MEN­DOZA

Teach­ers from the Regino Mer­cado El­e­men­tary School in Barangay Pahina Cen­tral in Cebu City sub­mit their urine sam­ples dur­ing Mon­day’s sur­prise drug test of their school.

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