255 of Cebu police personnel negative for drug use

Photo by Arnold Bustamante
Photo by Arnold Bustamante

THE Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) has so far tested 255 out of its 2,734 personnel and no one from those who underwent the random drug tests has yielded positive results.

Police Colonel Rommel Ochave, chief of CPPO, launched the random drug tests for the office’s personnel in January this year. He subjected himself to the same drug test, which has been conducted by the Regional Forensic Unit in Central Visayas (RFU 7).

Ochave said the random drug test for CPPO personnel is part of the internal cleansing being implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

He added that it is also part of his campaign against illegal drugs, as well as that of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s all-out war against the illegal substances.

The PNP aims to cleanse the organization of those using illegal drugs. It said earlier that those who tested positive for drug use will face dismissal from service.

Ochave said of the 255 CPPO personnel who were subjected to the random drug tests, no one has tested positive. He said all personnel of the province’s police office will undergo the same testing.

On February 7, around 150 CPPO personnel were subjected to the drug test led by the Provincial Intelligence Unit and RFU 7.

Among those tested were 40 personnel from Minglanilla Police Station, 73 from the City of Naga, and 37 from San Fernando.

At least 105 personnel from police stations of Consolacion, Liloan and Compostela also tested negative after the February 1 random drug test.

Ochave warned personnel who will test positive for drug use that he will have them dismissed from service. (AYB/LMY)

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