Lapu-Lapu Mayor Warns City Hall Employees: You’ll Be Fired If It’s Proven You’ve Used Illegal Drugs

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Lapu-Lapu Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan says he is proud that one of the city’s barangays – Barangay Caohagan – has been declared a drug-free barangay. | Futch Anthony Inso

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan pledges to terminate or fire any city hall employee found guilty of using illegal drugs.

Chan reiterated this warning to city hall workers as the city government kicked off the celebration of “Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week” on Monday, November 7, 2022.

He said the Lapu-Lapu City Drug Abuse Prevention Office (CLOSAP) will continue to carry out random drug testing to achieve a drug-free workplace.

“Kung ikaw magpositibo in drugas, empleyado ka sa city hall, udang ang imong panarbaho. Dili ta motugot nga dunay usa ka drug addict anhi sa atong buhatan,” the Mayor of Lapu-Lapu City added.

(If you are found to be positive for illegal drugs, (and) you are an employee of the town hall, then stop working here. We will admit that there will be a drug addict here in our workplace.)

Drug-free barangay in Lapu-Lapu

Chan, who delivered a speech at the start of the “Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week” celebration, said his campaign against illegal drugs was part of his tenure with law enforcement. order, especially the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Chan was also proud after a barangay in the city was declared a drug-free barangay, the Barangay Caohagan.

Apart from this barangay, six other barangays have also been declared drug free, namely: Tingo, Baring, Subabasbas, Tungasan, Caw-oy and Sabang.

The mayor also said he hoped more barangays would be declared drug-free.

“Hopefully next year we can have more barangays to declare as drug-free and drug-free barangays,” Chan said.

Chan also said he hoped more Barangay Drug Abuse Control Councils (BADAC) would become highly functional.

Currently, only seven BADACs in Lapu-Lapu city were considered highly functional, while the rest were considered moderately functional.

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