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Two City Hall employees dismissed for illegal drugs


At least two employees of City Hall who were earlier found positive for using illegal drugs have been dismissed from the service.

City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon said the employees were ordered by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco - Salazar to be ousted from the service saying she will not tolerate people working in City Hall suspected to be under the influence of shabu.

Arturo "Tuting" Cabidog, Administrative Officer of the City Legal Office identified the employees as Engr. Romeo Tampilis of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) and Neil Gacuma of the Office of the City Treasurer.

According to Carbon, the two government workers appealed their case with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) but the commission denied their motion for reconsideration.

The City Legal Officer said the two employees’ benefits have already been put on hold.

He said the two will also face perpetual disqualification from holding public office because of their actions.

Carbon warned the other government employees and officials to think twice before getting into illegal drugs.

Meanhwile, Climaco has also ordered Carbon to file the necessary charges against the driver of the City Engineer’s Office who was earlier arrested by the Sta. Maria police in a drug buy-bust operation.

“I will not tolerate any of our employees to work under the influence of drugs. If you recall, last year I ordered the conduct of random drug testing and found some employees positive of the illegal drugs. Some opted to resign while the others filed their motion for reconsideration with the Civil Service Commission but their motion had been denied,” Climaco said.

However, Climaco said there is a new law that prevents the city government from dismissing erring employees if found positive on drugs.

The law mandates that the employees should be rehabilitated instead of dismissing them from the service.

“I am disappointed with this new law. But I will fight to the end against drug addicts in government. I will pursue the legal battle against employees who are under the influence of drugs,” Climaco said.

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