SIXTEEN employees of the Batangas Electric Cooperative (BATELEC II) tested positive for drugs in a surprise random drug test performed by the company.
BATELEC General Manger Octavio Mendoza said out of 500 employees, 14 tested positive for using shabu and two for marijuana.
“We need to subject them to drug testing to ensure that our employees are not involved in anything that is against the law and in order to professionalize our workforce,” Mendoza said.
The drug testing was performed in a private medical polyclinic last May and the results were released just recently.
Mendoza added that aside from the results submitted by the polyclinic, the 16 employees were also sent to the Department of Health for a confirmatory test which also resulted positive.
“Although they tested positive, they are still currently employed as we are still constituting a committee to formally hear their case,” Mendoza said.
The committee will be composed of a representative from each department of the cooperative, the administration manager and the president of the emplo- yees association.
If the committee finds them guilty, they will be given three months to undergo rehabilitation in a duly accredited rehabilitation facility.
“We are implementing this to avoid possible accidents while performing their duties. Imagine the possible danger of having a lineman or a driver operating a crane while under the influence of drugs.”
In 2012, two BATELEC employees lost their jobs due to drug use.
BATELEC II is one of the biggest electric cooperatives in the country that services several towns and cities in the province of Batangas.