During a session of the Sto. Tomas Municipal Council on January 10, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista announced Legislative Request 4, which seeks to implement mandatory drug testing of all elected officials and all employees of local government units in their municipality.
“Akong ginaduso ang ordinansa na mahimong compulsory ang drug test para sa mga Kapitan, opisyales ug empleyado sa barangay ug municipal government units aron atong mapakita ang hugot ug seryosong implementasyon sa maong programa (I am pushing for an ordinance to make drug testing compulsory for captains, officials, and employees of the barangay and municipal government units to show our strong support in the government’s fight against illegal drugs),” Evangelista said in a statement.
Evangelista said government offices should take part in initiatives against involvement with illegal drugs.
He said the proposal would address all aspects of the anti-illegal drugs campaign which are Enforcement, Advocacy, Justice, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration.
The mayor added that there should be no reason for officials to refuse the mandatory drug testing if they are not involved in illegal drugs.