8 PUV drivers in CDO, Digos tests positive for illegal drugs

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SURPRISE TEST. Agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 10 conduct a surprise drug test for drivers of public commercial vehicles at two terminals in the city of Cagayan de Oro, Friday, April 8, 2022. In the one of the terminals, 87 drivers tested negative for illicit drug use, while some reportedly refused to submit to the test. (Photo courtesy of LTFRB)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Four Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers here have tested positive for illegal drug use during the implementation of random drug testing for drivers under “Oplan Harabas”.

Data released late Friday by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board of Northern Mindanao (LTFRB-10), showed four tested positive out of 179 drivers and drivers who took drug tests.

In an interview on Saturday, LTFRB-10 manager Vergel Jay Mabilanga said the four PUV drivers had been temporarily suspended.

“At the moment we have marked their names in our system and soon we will advise them to take the seminar again even if they have already done so; and they are also not authorized at the moment to drive a transport together as they will be watched by their barangays,” he said.

In a separate press briefing, Jigger Montallana, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 10 (PDEA-10), said those who test positive will undergo community or residential rehabilitation in their barangays. .

“If there are any drivers who will test positive for the test, the LTO (Land Transporation Office) will confiscate the driver’s license, and on our side we will profile them,” Montallana said during a press briefing here. friday.

“Oplan Harabas” is a national random drug testing initiative by PDEA, LTFRB, LTO and the Philippine National Police.

In this city, the agencies conducted the surprise drug test at Westbound Integrated Bus Station and Agora Integrated Bus Station.

At one of the terminals, 87 drivers tested negative for using illegal drugs, while some would refuse to take the test but will be forced by the bus company to do so as part of mandatory testing.

Mabilanga said they are also implementing the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos Semana Santa 2022”, expecting an influx of passengers for observance of Holy Week.

In Digos City, Davao del Sur, five of 92 people who underwent random drug tests also tested positive for the illegal substances, according to the PDEA-11 statement on Saturday.

The on-site tests were carried out at the Barangay Aplaya satellite ground transportation terminal on Friday.

PDEA Investigative Officer Mildred Driz-Romero said the five were two utility van drivers, a taxi driver, a bus driver and a bus driver.

“They will have to go through a drug treatment program in accordance with the community drug treatment program,” she said.

Those tested were 37 bus drivers, 16 bus drivers, 16 utility van drivers, 19 tricycle drivers, one jeepney driver and three taxi drivers.

LTO-11 officer Francisco Paulo Barias said the licenses of the five have been confiscated and will be returned after completing the rehabilitation program.

On Friday, Davao City and Davao del Norte also conducted random drug tests. (With reporting by Nef Luczon, Eldie Aguirre/PNA)

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