FORT Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija -- A negligible number of Army soldiers are hooked into illegal drugs in this military camp, it was learned here yesterday.
At least that is the result of the series of random drug tests being conducted by the 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division which showed that of the 1,970 Army personnel tested, only six were found positive for illegal drug use and were already discharged from the service.
Maj. Gen. Filemon T. Santos Jr., who assumed on Oct. 7, 2017 as the 27th commanding-general of 7th ID, said his command has so far conducted a total of 32 random drug-testing inside the camp which is in support of President Duterte’s thrust to suppress the drug scourge in the country.
“To continuously eradicate illegal drugs within the organization, the command and all its units have also programmed their activities to be able to conduct random drug tests to all its personnel. All officers, enlisted personnel and para-military forces, including civilian employees, regardless of rank and position are subjected to random drug tests,” said Santos.
Santos said the 7th ID command, which plays host to the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, a 10,000 bed-facility that opened on Nov. 2016 here, also created a task unit to strengthen and reinforce its anti-illegal drug efforts within the division and other areas of responsibility to be able to identify, apprehend, investigate, and assist them in the prosecution of personnel engaged in the use of illegal drugs and other illegal drug-related activities.
The 7th ID chief said they have also established and maintained a drug testing center at the Fort Magsaysay Station Hospital to be able to regularly conduct drug testings among their personnel.