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Drivers, conductors test negative for drugs

ZAMBOANGA. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in coordination with other government agencies, conduct random drug tests on public utility vehicles as part of Oplan Undaspot to ensure the safe travel of the public in time for the All Saints' and All Souls' Days. Of the 107 who underwent a drug test, no one was found positive for illegal drug use. (SunStar Zamboanga photo)

ALL 107 transport industry workers who were asked to undergo a drug test Monday, October 28, yielded negative results during the Undaspot campaign by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other government agencies in Zamboanga City.

Lawyer Jacqueline de Guzman, PDEA acting regional director, said that of the 107 persons who underwent a drug test, 43 are bus drivers, 11 tricycle drivers, five UV Express drivers, five taxi drivers, four jeepney drivers, 37 conductors and 2 employees of the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI).

The random drug tests were conducted Monday, October 28, at the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in the village of Divisoria.

De Guzman said the drug test was conducted in partnership with the Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Zamboanga City Police Office, PNP Aviation Security Group, Office of the Transportation Security, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, and Zamboanga City Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

De Guzman said the activity is aimed at ensuring the safety of the riding public in time for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

Project Undaspot, which is under Oplan Harabas, is part of PDEA's holistic and harm reduction approach to address drug problems.

Monday's activity was the fifth in a row for Oplan Harabas to be implemented nationwide following its first implementation on October 29 to 31, 2018. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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