Eh di wow! Caloocan now a drug-free LGU, says Mayor Oca

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The Caloocan City Government is now “drug-free” after it meted “conditional dismissal” to the employees who tested positive in recent drug tests.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan became elated after hearing this news during an emergency meeting of the Calloocan Anti-Drug Abuse Council, saying, “this goes to show that our anti-drugs campaign starts at ‘home’ and this should be followed by the various business enterprises and barangays in the city”.

According to the city’s Human Resources Management OIC-Chief, lawyer Sikini Labastilla, only 14 out of the 4,500 city employees or 0.3 percent of the entire bureaucracy were found out to be using illegal drugs.

In particular, four regular employees and 10 job orders (J.O.s) tested positive of illegal drugs based on their urine samples. Succeeding confirmatory blood tests also yielded positive results.

Mayor Malapitan instructed Labastilla to automatically dismiss from work the 10 J.O.s with the option for re-hiring after they have undergone full rehabilitation treatment.

“For the four regular employees who tested positive with illegal drugs, they have filed a compulsary leave of absence and the city will provide assistance for their immediate rehabilitation and treatment,” Malapitan said.
The city government is now encouraging all business establishments in the city to conduct their own drug testing for all their officers and employees.

The mayor, through CADAC, will then issue a certificate or a business plate with the stamp of a “drug-free establishment/business”.

Other Local Government Units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have yielded an illegal drug “infection” rate of two to four percent among their workforce.

Earlier, Caloocan City received the distinction for being the only LGU with an on-going multi-sectoral, out-patient drug rehabilitation program.

Malapitan also announced the construction of a drug rehab facility in North Caloocan to be financed and operated solely by the city government.#