Drug-free city hall of­fices eyed

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Odessa O. Leyson/MBG

An or­di­nance that aims to make the Cebu City Gov­ern­ment of­fices a drug-free work­place is now be­ing re­viewed by the Cebu City Coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on laws, or­di­nances, and styling.

The pro­posed or­di­nance with the ti­tle “Ad­vo­cat­ing a Drug Free Work­place in the Cebu City Gov­ern­ment” spon­sored by Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. was re­ferred to the com­mit­tee on Jan­uary 8.

Gabuya said the ob­jec­tive of the or­di­nance is to main­tain healthy, safe and se­cure of­fices un­der the city gov­ern­ment for the pro­tec­tion of clients, work­ers, prop­er­ties, and rep­u­ta­tion.

Once the or­di­nance ia ap­proved, a pre­em­ploy­ment drug test shall be done not later than two days from the date of the no­tice to sub­mit the em­ploy­ment re­quire­ments.

“Of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees who are present dur­ing the ran­dom drug test­ing must sub­mit them­selves on the time and date set by the Cebu City Of­fice for Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion,” por­tion of the or­di­nance reads.

COSAP is the au­tho­rized of­fice which will fa­cil­i­tate the drug test.

Gabuya said his pro­posed or­di­nance is pur­suant Sec­tion 36 (d) of the Repub­lic Act 9165 or the Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drug Act of 2002 man­dat­ing all pub­lic and pri­vate em­ploy­ees shall be sub­jected to un­dergo ran­dom drug test.

“To en­sure that gov­ern­ment agen­cies shall re­main drug-free for the de­liv­ery of ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient ser­vice free from haz­ards of drug use in the work­place,” the pro­posed or­di­nance also stated.

Any ap­pointive of­fi­cial or em­ployee who will test pos­i­tive may be dis­missed from of­fice.

The rec­om­men­da­tion for re­moval from of­fice shall be ad­dressed to the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod.

The Hu­man Re­source and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice will the im­ple­ment­ing of­fice of the or­di­nance and shall for­mu­late im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions 15 days from the ap­proval.

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