10 South Bus Terminal workers positive for drug use

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 conducted a surprise drug test at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) at 9:30 a.m. yesterday.

Of the 155 people that were subjected to the drug test, four conductors, four helpers and two bus drivers yielded positive results. The results, though, will still be submitted for confirmatory test.

The LTO-initiated drug test was supported by the CSBT management.

Last Sunday, police arrested Ernesto Bondales, an ambulant vendor at the terminal and a brother of an active police officer, was arrested for allegedly selling drugs inside the CSBT.

The incident prompted CSBT Security Management head Jonathan Tumulak to include a drug test as part of the requirements for vendors in getting permits.

CSBT head Joey Herrera earlier said that those who are found positive for drug use will be banned from doing business or entering the terminal.

Herrera urged conductors, helpers and drivers to stay drug-free to ensure the safety of their passengers.

Last September, CSBT administrators subjected drivers, conductors, dispatchers and vendors to a surprise drug test.

Three of the 87 persons who underwent the drug test yielded positive results.

The CSBT and the operators have agreed that once someone tests positive, he will be suspended before the confirmation tests. If confirmed, he won’t be allowed to drive anymore.

The CSBT, together LTO 7, has mapped out security measures in preparation for the number of passengers that are expected to flock the terminal this weekend to go home to their hometowns to celebrate Christmas with their families. Dwight Devora, USJ-R Intern

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