Forty-six public transport workers subjected to a mandatory drug testing by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday tested positive for substance abuse and were barred from plying their trade after their licenses were confiscated, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.
The 46 include 24 bus drivers, 14 bus conductors, three jeepney drivers, two van drivers, one tricycle driver and one taxi driver, said the PDEA chief. The official said that the 46 were among the 4,675 public transport workers subjected to a drug test under the PDEA Project: Undaspot’ nationwide.
Aquino said the drivers who tested positive for shabu or marijuana were not allowed to travel with the licenses seized and turned over to the Land Transportation Office.
The drug-using transport workers will only be able to reclaim their licenses as soon as they finish a mandatory rehabilitation process which include health awareness, and psychological and spiritual activities such as counseling, moral recovery, values formation, personal and life skills provided by the local government.
Aquino said that their Project: Undaspot, actually the 5th installment of PDEA’s Oplan: Harabas is a surprise mandatory drug testing of all public transport employees specifically drivers and the conduct of K-9 sweeping in the major passenger terminals and ports all over the country to ensure the safety of travelling passengers for the upcoming All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day observation.
The PDEA chief ordered the mandatory drug testing of drivers to curb incidents of vehicular accidents caused by drugged drivers, and make the roads safer especially this holiday travel rush.