(Photo courtesy of IPPF Spokesperson and CTO II Levi Evangelista)

Drug testing among employees of the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) continued this week, as prison administration pushes its bid to be declared a “drug-free workplace.”

Forty additional employees undertook the test Monday following last week’s initial batch of over 200 whom all cleared the test.

Levi Evangelista, corrections technical officer II and IPPF spokesperson, said there are 10 employees of the remaining 40 who are still on official leave.

Evangelista said the remaining employees will have to do the test within the week to avoid administrative sanctions.

“Sabi ni Senior Superintendent Geraldo Aro said he is ready to file and sanction any employee to prove that under his watch he can show the community that the facility is a drug-free workplace,” he said.

He wants to see that both inmates and employees as drug-free.

Evangelista added that Aro is optimistic that the results will show 100 percent of the employees are not into drugs.

“Gusto niya maging malinis ang mga empleyado nya na walang nado-droga, maging drug-free work place, yon ang term niya. Bagamat bilangguan pero yong mga empleyado dyan ay hindi gumagamit ng pinagbabawal na gamot,” he said.

Personnel from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) conducted the drug test on more than 200 employees that started last Friday, July 12.

The result of the initial testing will be forwarded to the Department of Health (DOH) main office for confirmation.

The conduct of the drug testing is in accordance with the Memorandum Circular No. 16 of the Civil Service Commission mandating government employees to undergo drug testing.