ORMOC CITY: The city government has demonstrated anew the seriousness of its drive against the illegal drugs after dismissing 21 of its own employees over drug use.
The 21 city hall employees included 14 job order workers. They were part of the 118 employees from the city hall’s General Services Department, Traffic Management Unit and Civil Security Unit that underwent a random drug test last month.
City Administrator lawyer Francis Pepito said the city government received the confirmatory results of the drug test on August 7. He did not give the names of the dismissing employees.
City Hall Human Resource Department head Adelida Biacolo assured the public the employees dismissed over drug use will never be rehired.
“Their names will be blacklisted in the LGU [local government unit]database that’s why they cannot be rehired again,” she said.
A copy of the decision of the mayor discharging these employees will be sent to the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government immediately.
For his part, Mayor Edward Codilla warned other city hall employees that they will suffer the same fate if they are found positive for drug use. On May 25, Codilla led 50 city hall officials to a voluntary drug test.
This is the third time the Ormoc City government dismissed employees who were found using drugs after undergoing random tests. The first six casualties were all regular employers that included a male nurse and an engineer. The second batch was composed of 14 employees.