Drug-free city hall offices eyed
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.