Two of the 697 Negros Occidental provincial government employees who were subjected to surprise drug tests early this month were found positive, Provincial Human Resource Officer Anabelle Palic said yesterday.
However, the two will be subjected to confirmatory tests as she was informed by the laboratory personnel that they could still turn out negative, Palic said.
Palic said she still had no details on whether the two are male or female and what departments they belong to.
The drug tests were conducted in compliance with the Civil Service Commission Circular No. 13 Series of 2017, that requires mandatory random drug testing for public officials and employees.
Under the CSC rule, a government employee must undergo mandatory drug testing once every two years, she added.
The provincial government has 2,174 permanent employees and 813 casuals, with 800 based in offices in the Capitol area and the rest at provincial government-run hospitals and offices in various parts of Negros Occidental, Palic said.
Those who underwent the surprise drug tests were based in the Capitol area, she added.
More surprise drug tests will be conducted to cover the rest of the provincial government employees, Palic said.*
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