By Calvin D. Cordova
Cebu City—No one tested positive for drug use in a series of surprise drug tests on policemen and municipal workers in Cebu.
Ivy Durano-Meca, chief of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO), said officers from the 14 police stations in the province and employees of the municipality of Ronda underwent the tests March 6 to 12.
“We are glad that no one tested positive. It shows that they are taking seriously the government’s campaign against illegal drugs,” said Meca.
A separate surprise drug test was also conducted on some 500 tour guides from different canyoneering operators in Badian town. CPADAO have yet to release the result.
“It has a huge impact that no one tested positive. It will help boost their image,” Meca said.
Most of the personnel of the 14 police stations took part in the tests. “It was well-coordinated. Most of the policemen were able to undergo the test because even those who were not around during the tests, they were asked to report just so they could take the test,” she said.
More tests will be conducted in the coming days, Meca said.
“It will be a continuing process. This is part of our drug-free workplace program. We are hoping that when we conduct surprise drug tests again, it will still yield the same good result,” Meca said.
CPADAO will also conduct drug tests on teachers on the request of the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office.
“This is part of DepEd’s campaign to become a drug-free organization when the 2018-2019 school year starts in June,” said Meca.
Aside from the continuous drug testing, CPADAO is also spearheading the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers.
Meca said there are 7,221 drug surrenderers in the province and 3,625 of them are already considered reformists.