Issue of November 3, 2019
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City PUV drivers, operators found negative for drug use
by Dionisio Dennis, Jr. / PNA

No driver or conductor of buses travelling to other regions tested positive of illegal drug use during a random drug test, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera said.

“Nobody tested positive (of illegal drug use),” PDEA Investigation Agent V Julius Paderes said.

“We had a good random sampling of our drivers and conductors, which shows that majority of them obey our anti-illegal drug laws and support our advocacy against illegal drugs which immensely contributed to the safety of our commuters,” he said.

A random drug test was jointly held by the PDEA and the Department of Transportation-Cordillera at bus stations located in Gov. Pack Road and Otek St. Inter-regional van drivers were also subjected to random drug tests.

The buses at Gov. Pack include Partas Bus Lines, Victory Liner, Joy Bus and Genesis Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines, and Lizardo Bus Company;  and vans travelling to Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions and provinces in the Cordillera.

Forty-six bus drivers, 42 bus conductors, and 13 van drivers were tested for illegal drug use and all of them yielded negative results.

“We commend them all,” Paderes said.

He said the surprise random drug test, done in preparation for the All Saints’ Day, aimed to prevent road crashes as a result of drivers and conductors who are under the influence of illegal drugs.

“We are expecting a huge number of tourists that is why we need to do this to prevent possible casualties and injuries,” Paderes said.

“They thought that it was just an ordinary DOTr inspection. They were surprised when we asked them to submit their urine to our chemist for drug test,” Paderes said.

Both agencies conduct random drug tests during peak travel season and opening of classes to ensure the safety of commuters.

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