Gov orders random drug testing of Capitol workers

Gov orders random drug testing of Capitol workers

LAOAG CITY — Officials and employees of the Ilocos Norte government has been ordered to undergo mandatory drug testing in support of the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to get rid of drugs in the next three to six months.

As mandated under Republic Act No. 9165 or the so called Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Governor Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos said the more than 3,000 workers of the provincial government will be subjected to random drug testing any time from now.

Led by the Human Resources and Management Office, these employees will be randomly selected per department where they will be brought to an accredited drug testing center.

By doing so, the governor hopes that whoever is found positive of drugs will be dealt with accordingly.

Earlier this week, all personnel of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office including those assigned in the 21 towns and two cities of the province underwent drug testing when one police officer was found positive of drugs. PNA/