THE Police Regional Office 6 has offered to subject into a free drug testing all drivers of public utility vehicles in Western Visayas as part of their ongoing anti-drug programs in the region.
PRO6 director Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag said that under the program dubbed ‘Oplan: Drug-Free Drivers,’ they will offer free drug-testing to all drivers of public transportation in Western Visayas to ensure that they are not using dangerous drugs such as shabu and marijuana.
The program was first launched by the region on November 7, 2016 to ensure the safety of both drivers and commuters against hazards posed by the use of illegal drugs.
Binag said they have established drug testing desks for drivers inside the PRO6 regional headquarters in Iloilo City. He said that drivers who shall voluntarily avail of the free drug testing will be given a certification, indicating that he or she is drug-free if the result is negative.
The drug-free driver will also be given an identification card to be displayed conspicuously in his vehicle for the information of the riding public.
Binag said the driver’s data will also be encoded in the PRO6 Infotxt System as a supporter in the anti-illegal drug campaign and the operator of the system shall notify and encourage the driver to undergo another drug test after the certificate expire.
On the other hand, drivers who will yield positive results shall undergo the community-based rehabilitation program inside the PRO6 headquarters in Camp Delgado.
According to Binag, they relaunched the program after consulting with their different stakeholders, jeepney operators and transport companies in the region.
“This will also help address concerns regarding vehicular accidents involving drivers, said to be under the influence of drugs,” he said.