LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 27 (PIA) - - The Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) established its own screening and drug testing facility in support to the government’s war against drug.
BeGH Chief of Hospital Dr. Maria Imelda Ulep said funds of the newly inaugurated P120, 000.00- worth facility was generated from the hospital revenues.
The drug testing facility is in support to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) directive for government employees and officials to undergo drug testing, said Ulep.
CSC Memorandum Circular No. 13 issued on April 19, 2017 requires government agencies six months from the effectivity of the said policy to conduct a “mandatory, random and suspicionless drug testing of their incumbent public officials and employees as a condition for retention in government service.”
The CSC directive ensures that government agencies remain drug-free for the effective and efficient delivery of public services.
Drug testing is now a requirement for initial entry to government service which is a ground for hiring or otherwise.
The establishment of the facility is likewise in support to Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals in ensuring healthy lives and promotion of well-being at all ages on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, Ulep explained.
In ensuring that the urine collection is untampered, Ulep said a personnel is assigned to look into the validity of the urine upon collection. The collection area has no door with closed window and is equipped with waterless drug testing urinal.
Ulep said the purpose of establishing the screening facility is to ensure accessibility, availability and affordability with fees incorporated in the province’s revenue code. (PIA Benguet)