The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has sacked seven of its workers at the Zamboanga International Airport after testing positive for the use of shabu, the agency announced Thursday.
"7 CAAP employees tested positive for the use of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in random drug testing conducted on May 10 by the agency's Office of the Flight Surgeon and Aviation Medicine (OFSAM)," CAAP said in a statement.
According to CAAP Director-General William K. Hotchkiss III, he has already directed the termination of the contracts of the six contractual workers. He has also ordered an investigation on a regular employee who was also found to be using illegal drugs.
"These random drug tests are conducted by the OFSAM monthly on our 5,900 employees in the CAAP-managed airports, specifically on those with commercial operations because we do not want the few misfits in our organization interacting freely with the public," he said.
Data from the CAAP-OFSAM reveals that this year alone, aside from the seven on May 10, ten other employees tested positive for the use of illegal drugs -- one each from the Masbate, Bacolod, and Ozamis Airports; two each from the San Jose and Kalibo Airports, and three from the Butuan Airport. Hotchkiss already earlier ordered disciplinary action on them.
The CAAP also said that out of the 1,551 employees who underwent screening for narcotics in 2015, 18 personnel tested positive.
"The CAAP Nationwide Anti-Illegal Drug Testing Program is in accordance with provisions of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and the Civil Service Commission’s memorandum circular 13 (series of 2010) which call for a drug-free workplace,” Hotchkiss said.