Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday he is studying the possibility of issuing an executive order that will require random drug testing of all city employees, after the arrest of a casual worker in an alleged drug den on Thursday.
Leonardia said he wants city employees to be tested for illegal drugs but there are social and legal aspects that have to be looked into before an order can be issued.
He said he will ask City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan to determine if there are legal impediments to issuing such order.
Leonardia warned he will not tolerate city employees who are using or selling illegal drugs. They should serve as role models of the community by abiding with the law, he said.
Avelino Casalda, 33, of Purok Luhod-luhod, Brgy. Mandalagan, and employed by the Department of Public Services as a casual employee, was arrested by the police Thursday along with 10 others while allegedly having a pot session at Purok Sigay, Barangay 2, Bacolod.
Leonardia said he already ordered Casalda’s supervisor to remove his name from the list of the casual employees.
Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, city police director, said Casalda and his companions have undergone drug tests but the results were not out yet.*APN