To serve as first models, all Bohol local officials should ensure that they and all their government workplaces are drug-free.
This was reiterated by Gov. Edgar Chatto in further adherence to the national call for widest participation in the relentless war on drugs.
Chatto reminded that any officials found to be positive for illegal drugs or prohibited substances will face appropriate sanctions pursuant to civil service rules and laws.
In a memo-advisory he issued on Thursday, the governor reiterated an earlier memorandum to all officials, both elective and appointed, on the conduct of random drug testing at their respective levels.
Chatto directed specifically those who have not submitted themselves to the required testing.
This is to ensure a drug-free workplace within each institution and to adhere to the call of the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
The memorandum was addressed to all city, municipal and barangay officials Bohol-wide, as well as the provincial heads themselves.
Capitol itself has a continuing drug testing program and Chatto had himself led top provincial officials in the past who had volunteered for drug test.
They had all tested negative, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) which has an accredited drug testing center established by the Chatto administration.
LGU officials can submit themselves for drug test at the same facility on their own schedules because it has to be done randomly.
The provincial government has its own mechanism dealing with any official or personnel who fails in the drug test.
The mechanism includes the process of prosecution of the positive drug user or removal from government service in the case of a casual worker.
At the recent meeting of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) chaired by the governor, a resolution was passed urging all agencies and sectors, including the business and academe, to earnestly engage in drug education and prevention.
Department of Education (DepEd) Sec. Leonor Bruiones has announced the conduct of annual drug testing on public school teachers at both elementary and secondary levels.
There will also be “sampling basis” for students with the consent of their parents, according to the DepEd.
Further, the department is planning to execute changes in the curriculum to clearly present the dangers of illegal drugs and heighten student awareness.
Chatto has repeatedly highlighted vigilance within the family, saying the parents are first authority over their children. (VenreboArigo)