6 Lapu-Lapu City traffic officers tested positive for illegal drugs

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Lapu-Lapu City traffic personnel submit urine samples during a surprise drug test conducted on Monday August 1, 2022.

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Six employees of the City Traffic Management System (CTMS) in Lapu-Lapu City have tested positive for illegal drugs.

This was confirmed by Garry Lao, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (CLOSAP).

On Monday, August 1, 2022, CLOSAP initiated a random drug test on at least 50 CTMS traffic officers.

Lao said the six traffic officers, who tested positive, are now at risk of being fired from their jobs.

“Employee urine samples found positive in the drug test should be subjected to further confirmatory testing,” Lao said.

Drug testing for all city hall employees, Lao said, is in accordance with Executive Order No. 35 or the Drug-Free Workplace program launched by Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.

The six CTMS employees work under standing contracts. They were all assigned to the field.

“Mayor Ahong’s administration is serious about drugs. They already know the rules,” he said, adding that random drug tests will be carried out in all offices to ensure that no drug users enter their ranks.

In 2019 and 2020, at least seven and four traffic cops, respectively, were fired after testing positive for illegal drugs. /rcg

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