Monday July 23, 2018

PDEA drops drug test for grade schoolers

PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director Aaron Aquino said on Wednesday, July 11, that they will no longer pursuing their proposal to conduct mandatory drug tests among elementary pupils, but will insist that high school and college students undergo such test.

"Before the meeting end(ed), sinabi ko baka pwede naman nilang pagbigyan na lang na magkaroon ng mandatory drug test ang secondary and tertiary, kahit 'yun na lang muna,” Aquino said referring to the meeting with the Department of Education (DepEd) officials on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Aquino said the department turned down the proposed mandatory drug test on elementary students from Grade 4 up.

However, he insisted on the importance of mandatory drug testing among high school and college students as the current random drug tests are “ineffective.”

“(In random drug testing) Hindi mo natutukoy o tinatamaan ang dapat i-drug-test,” said Aquino.SEE MORE