VG Zubiri vows surprise, voluntary drug testing for regular employees; compulsory for others

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/ 01 February)- Bukidnon Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. volunteered to submit himself for drug testing and
will vouch for all officials of the provincial government of Bukidnon to do the same in the wake of the public outcry on the report that some members of the
staff of Malaybalay Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri were caught on video using
shabu.

Zubiri told the Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan that the provincial
government’s job order and casual employees should be compelled to
undergo drug testing before renewal.

Mayor Zubiri has ordered drug testing for the city government’s 1,300
job order employees this week following his confirmation that eight of
his staff were caught on camera while using shabu.

Vice Gov. Zubiri, his uncle, said the provincial government should
submit its employees to drug testing, too, following reports two of
those in the video were actually employees of the Capitol.

But Zubiri said that to evade legal complications, the regular employees
will not be compelled. He added that he will just invite them for
voluntary drug testing. He committed that the date of the drug test
will be left a surprise.

He said, however, that those who refused to undergo drug testing will
have to be marked.

“We will doubt them,” he added.

Zubiri said the random drug testing might not work in actually
deterring illegal drug use.

Randy Pulmano, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Bukidnon Team
Leader, said however that drug testing for employees shouldn’t be
announced. But he admitted that they should be informed that the local
government will be conducting it.

Pulmano spoke at the SP’s regular session Wednesday to shed light on
PDEA’s anti drugs campaign. He reported that about P199.734-million
worth of illegal drugs were confiscated and eradicated in Bukidnon in
2011.

A total of P183.346 million is attributed to marijuana eradication,
referring to the output of three operations, while P16.387 million is
estimated for the 15 operations yielding shabu, PDEA’s accomplishment
report said.

PDEA also reported the conduct of 21anti-drug awareness seminars and
symposia to curb the demand for illegal drugs in the province. (Walter
I. Balane)

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