LTO-Negros Oriental resumes mandatory drug testing-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) district offices in Negros Oriental have resumed implementation of the mandatory drug testing for new and renewal of applications for driver’s license effective Wednesday.
This came after LTO-Central Visayas regional director Arnel Tancinco issued an office order on Wednesday directing all LTO district offices in the region to require applicants for driver’s license to undergo drug testing as ordered by a regional trial court in Cebu, said Alberta Janine Lawas, chief of the LTO District Office in Bais City, Negros Oriental.
Tancinco’s directive was based on a court order by Judge Hermes Montero of the Regional Trial Court Branch 59 in Toledo City, Cebu, dated October 16, 2013, to hold in abeyance the Memorandum dated June 27, 2013, issued by DOTC/LTO Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres on the repeal of mandatory drug testing for issuance of driver’s license pending the final decision of a civil case.
Records show that a certain Dulcismo Tuldanes filed a case against the Republic of the Philippines, et al. for the declaration of nullity of the memorandum dated June 27, 2013 issued by ASEC Torres.
The plaintiff had sought a Writ of Preliminary Injunction which said court granted after the plaintiff posted a bond of P300,000 through the Visayan Surety and Insurance Corporation, a copy of the court order showed.
Following this, only the LTO in Region 7 is enforcing the mandatory drug testing for the issuance of driver’s license in the entire country, while in other areas in the Philippines, applicants for driver’s license are not required the same, said Lawas.
Lawas said that the LTO district offices in Bais City, Dumaguete City, and Bayawan City in Negros Oriental implemented the mandatory drug testing Wednesday afternoon after receipt of Tancinco’s office order.
One of the problems the LTO Bais District Office is now facing is the absence of accredited drug testing centers that shut down operations last June with the repeal of the mandatory drug test, said Lawas.
Only one accredited drug testing center is so far operating in Bais City, that of the Department of Health located at the Bais District Hospital, she added.
Lawas said she will be contacting previous accredited drug testing centers in Bais City if they can re-open so people doing transactions at her office do not have to travel as far as Dumaguete City, about an hour’s drive one-way, for the mandatory requirement. (PNA)