ORMOC CITY, Leyte June 6 (PNA) – The drug test on 50 city officials and the local police turned out negative, indicating that the city hall is a drug-free workplace.
Mayor Edward C. Codilla and City Police Director Sr. Supt. Ferdinand M. Garay led their respective subordinates in submitting to drug testing after the Monday flag ceremony on May 25.
Those who trooped to Mejia Clinical Laboratory Drug Testing Center were eight elected officials, including five councilors, 25 department and office heads and 17 police officers. Codilla is happy to know they all tested negative of illegal substance use.
“This is a proof that city officials are good examples to the rest of the people here,” the mayor said.
Among the city officials who were tested were Codilla; Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo L. Locsin; Councilors John Eulalio Nepomuceno O. Aparis II, Antonio M. Codilla, Pedro Godiardo C. Ebcas, Benjamin S. Pongos Jr., Mario M. Rodriguez, Rolando Villasencio, and association of village chairman president Mariano Y. Corro.
It was found out that there were four councilors and three department heads who did not take the drug test.
The officials were on travel that time, it was learned. They were advised to undergo the test in compliance with CSC Memorandum Circular No. 13 s. 2010, which carries the subject “Guidelines for a Drug Free Workplace in the Bureaucracy.” (PNA)