AFP increases random drug test recipients by 20%-A A +A
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will increase by 20 percent its target recipients for the random drug-testing this year.
"The year 2014 brings another year of challenge to the task force's commitment to get rid of illegal drug users in the AFP. Cognizant of its accomplishment and aware of the task ahead, TF Moses can say that much has been accomplished yet more is to be done," said AFP Chief of Staff Emmanuel Bautista.
According to Task Force (TF) Moses, the AFP's anti-drug body, in 2013 alone, 20,000 AFP personnel from the General head Quarters (GHQ), Unified Commands (UCs), AFP- Wide Service Support Unit (AWSSUs), Task Group (TG) Joshua of Philippine Air Force, TG Salamander for Philippine Navy, TG Midas of Philippine Army were targeted for the drug testing.
TF Moses said GHQ, UCs, AWSSUs and TG Joshua of Philippine Air Force exceeded its target of 4,000 each while TG Salamander of Philippine Navy achieved about 30 percent of its 4,000 target. TG Midas of Philippine Army targeted around 8,000 and as of December 2013, it has achieved 83.6 percent.
"Out of the total personnel tested in the past year, 113 personnel were confirmed positive, 13 came from TG Jacob, 12 from TG Joshua, 18 from TG Salamander, and 70 from TG Midas," AFP said.
TF Moses' yearly accomplishments report showed the trends that personnel from the Air Force, UCs and AFPWSSUs have consistently registered the lowest number of personnel confirmed to be using illegal drugs while members from the Army and Navy, particularly Marines have recorded the highest number of personnel positive of illegal drug use and that younger members are much susceptible in using illegal-drugs.
Once the subject is found positive for using illegal drug, they will then undergo confirmation test at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). If ever confirmed, the member will be under investigation.
However, the AFP is now more committed in addressing the issue illegal drugs and to get rid of illegal drug users in the agency.
Task Force Moses invested on training of more number of members for better and more accurate results in drug testing.
"We are stepping up in our drive for healthier, stronger and drug free AFP," Bautista said. "The AFP will continue to do this to set an example to our citizens against the use of illegal drugs.
"As protector of the people we should always be in our best physical, mental, and psychological condition in order to fully serve our responsibilities," he added. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)