Vizcaya workers face dismissal

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DUPAX DEL NORTE, Nueva Vizcaya: At least nine employees of the Dupax del Norte municipal government may be dismissed after they tested positive for the use of illegal drugs.

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Mayor Antonio Palugod said that five of the nine employees are holding permanent positions while the rest are contractual workers.

“These employees are now facing dismissal from service case before the local government unit as provided by Civil Service Commission [CSC] rules and regulations,” Palugod said.

The local government in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) initiated the surprise drug test of 167 employees as part of the implementation of an ordinance.

The employees will not be dismissed outright but charges will be prepared by the PNP against them.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Vic-toriano Prado said the result of the drug test has proved reports that several employees of the local government were using illegal drugs during work.

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