A TOTAL of 48 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers were all found negative for illegal drug use after a random drug testing at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).
The random drug testing was conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
“We’re really happy with the results of this testing, particularly because we expect a surge in travel starting this week, and we need to help keep our passengers safe. They need to be in good hands while on the road,” PTIX Corporate Affairs and Government Relations Head Jason Salvador said.
“This is a testament to our drivers’ awareness of how we take safety seriously here in PITX. They do not know that we conduct drug tests through LTO and that we do it on random schedules. This forces them to stay clean because it really won’t do them any good should they be caught under the influence of illegal drugs while driving,” Salvador added.
Drivers who test positive are immediately stripped of their license until LTO clears their status to be on the road again.
The landport has been collaborating with LTO for various projects and initiatives to ensure the general public’s safety, comfort, and convenience.
Aside from the random drug testing, the agency’s mobile “LTO on Wheels”, is being stationed at PITX at least once a month for car registration services.
Random drug testing is done pursuant to R.A. 10586, which penalizes persons driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and similar substances, and in celebration of the National Road Safety Month this coming May.