By Calvin D. Cordova
Cebu City – Members of the Cebu Provincial and Mini-bus Operators Cooperative (CPMBOC) must take a drug test or they will not be allowed to work.
CPMBOC President Julieto Flores said members must take a drug test before February 28 or they will not be allowed to report for work starting March 1.
The cooperative made the drug test mandatory after Jonathan Tumulak, security chief at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), urged bus and mini-bus operators to require their personnel to take the test.
Tumulak also required the operators to provide the terminal management a copy of the results of the test.
“I will oversee the conduct of the drug testing to make sure that the results are not tampered,” said Flores, whose organization has at least 50 members.
Flores admitted that some drivers belonging to the cooperative were taking shabu to stay awake during long trips.
That changed when President Duterte launched a campaign against illegal drugs, he said.
“Drug problems in the organization are not that serious now because of the intensified campaign against illegal drugs under the administration of President Duterte. While the problem has subsided, we will continue to take measures until we become a drug-free group,” said Flores.
Aside from submitting themselves to drug tests, CPMBOC members must also submit a police clearance.