Ilongos support mandatory drug tests. For PUV drivers; Para wa na adik-adik

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal for a mandatory drug test on public utility vehicle drivers is getting support from a jeepney drivers’ group in Iloilo City.

THE Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA) noted it already signed earlier agreements for random drug tests on drivers.

ICLAJODA president Raymundo Parcon added many PUV drivers, including jeepney drivers, had tested positive for illegal drug use at the height of the drug trade in Iloilo.

He said the number of drug users in their ranks declined when the Duterte administration assumed office.

Parcon said his group signed in 2016 and 2017 a joint memorandum circular with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office, and the Police Regional Office 6 implementing random drug tests for drivers.

Under the present agreement, drivers who undergo drug tests got IDs needed for the renewal or application of PUV franchises.

Parcon said they are looking at signing another agreement with new PRO-6 regional head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao for the random drug tests.