Pangasinan town officials, employees undergo mandatory drug test

By April M. Montes

MANGALDAN, Pangasinan, July 13 (PIA) – Municipal officials and employees of the local government unit of Mangaldan, in coordination with the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO), recently undergone mandatory drug test to bolster the anti-drug campaign of the government.

On June 30, Mayor Bona Fe Parayno issued Executive Order No. 2016-003 directing the Municipal Health Office to hold the mandatory drug test to “ensure the community of physically and mentally fit and healthy officials and employees that serve their constituents.”

In a press conference, the local chief executive said she did not exempt herself from drug test to show that she is not a drug-user and at the same time, to clear her name from allegations involving her to illegal drug trade.

Most of the officials and employees were subjected to drug testing by submitting their urine samples to personnel of the PPPO Crime Laboratory, except for councilors Joseph Emmanuel Cera and Joselito Quinto who imposed their right to privacy.

Results of the drug test will be released within the week.

Meanwhile, Parayno said the LGU and the Mangaldan police are preparing a six-month training program for self-confessed drug pushers and users who will surrender themselves in to authorities.

“The rehabilitation program will engage the drug pushers and users to various activities such as sports, community service and spiritual counselling so they will not go back to their illegal drug activity,” she said.

Supt. Jackie Candelario, deputy provincial director for operations and concurrently spokesman of the Pangasinan police, lauded the initiative of Mangaldan and challenged other LGUs to do the same to help the police in its campaign against illegal drugs.

Candelario disclosed that from July 1 to 7, some 191 suspects who voluntarily turned themselves to various police stations in the province vowed to reform and abandon drugs by signing a waiver.

He said the suspects were not detained, but they will be continually monitored and will not be removed from the watch list of drug personalities. (JNPD/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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