By Maricyn A. De los Santos
FOUR employees of the Iloilo City government will undergo drug test to confirm whether or not they are drug users, according to retired colonel, Felix Muchada, City Hall’s chief of security.
“I am the administrator of the drop box in the city hall… we have information (that) we have four employees, three regular and one casual, (who are allegedly into illegal drugs),” Muchada said.
The drop box refers to the repository of information from anonymous sources on possible drug users and peddlers inside City Hall. The practice has been frowned upon by human rights advocates, among others, as prone to abuse.
Muchada said the information that the four City Hall employees are into illegal drugs were already validated by the police.
“We will have these four reported persons undergo drug tests, they are already validated…their names are in the list,” he said.
Three of the employees are allegedly users while one is allegedly a “drug runner.”
Meanwhile, no illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia were found in city hall offices during the surprise inspection of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-6 at around 9 a.m. of Oct. 12, 2017.
“We plan it one week ago but kept it confidential,” said acting Mayor Joe Espinosa III.
“Three teams of PDEA with K9 dogs inspected city hall offices to ensure that no employee brings in contraband, particularly illegal drugs into the building,” Espinosa said.
“This is the first time that a city hall was inspected by PDEA…this is to show that we lead by example…and a support to the anti-drug campaign of President Duterte,” Espinosa added.
The surprise inspection and the drop box are in line with the city hall’s “Drug-Free Workplace Policy” institutionalized through Executive Order 85 “An Order Institutionalizing the Iloilo City Government “Drug-Free Workplace Policy” and “Guidelines in the Conduct of Inspection and Drug Testing” dated Oct. 2, 2017.