Over 200 employees of Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) undergo a surprise drug testing Friday, July 12 (Photo courtesy of Levi Evangelista)

Over 200 employees of the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) took a random drug test on Friday morning.

Corrections technical officer and Iwahig spokesperson Levi Evangelista said that they were randomly selected to undergo the anti-illegal drug testing from 265 employees of the central and subcolonies in Montible, Inagawan, and Sta. Lucia.

“Kaakibat ng modernisasyon ay ang tungkulin na nakaatang sa aming mga balikat, kapag nagkaroon ng pagkakamali rito lalong-lalo na sa drugs ay pamilya at serbisyo namin ang nakataya kaya kami rin dito ay nagpa-participate,” he said.

The surprise drug testing was based on the order of Iwahig Supt. Geraldo Aro.

The remaining 80 employees were on duty during the drug testing but will also submit themselves to comply with the order.

The drug testing was conducted by eight personnel from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by medical technician I Cyrus Caabay.

“Although test ito at confidential na ‘yong magiging result pero si superintendent ay agresibo at gusto niya na maging 100 percent ‘yong natitirang mga naka-duty ay within three days ay ma-submit nila ang mga sarili nila,” Evangelista added.

He said that their office aims to be a drug-free workplace.

The results of the drug test will be sent to Manila for verification.

Asked if he believes that all employees will pass the drug test, Evangelista said, “I’m sure 100 percent na magni-negative ang resulta nito”.