Action vs drug-using employees pushed

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MAASIN CITY, Leyte: The Department of Public Works and Highways Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED) is seeking the opinion of Secretary Rogelio Singson on what action to take against the 23 employees who were found positive of illegal drug use. In a letter to Singson dated August 19, District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia wants to know “what is the best decision” for the 23 employees. Despite putting her safety at risk, the district engineering office chief felt the dire need to do this to achieve a drug-free workplace and raise the productivity of workers. “Lately, these addicted engineers had contributed to the low performance of this office because due to their addiction, their work performances were erratic and unreliable, thus their output were erroneous and need[ed]to be reworked,” Junia said. On August 17, all of the more than 200 personnel of the field office went through a surprised drug test inside the district office multi-purpose building. Staff from a private drug testing center based in Ormoc City approved by the Department of Health for the specific activity and agents from the National Bureau of Investigation came to facilitate the drug test. “We were told that those who are taking some medicines may be found positive in the drug test. The confirmatory test in Manila will tell us if all of these 23 personnel are really illegal drug users or not,” Junia explained.

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