Sun, 03 Jul 2022

BAGUIO CITY - Police officers subjected to random drug testing across the Cordillera Region all tested negative, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCor) said on Monday.

"Walang nag positive sa illegal drugs sa 241 na na-test (none of the 241 tested for illegal drugs was positive)," said PROCor information officer Capt. Marnie Abellanida.

He said that random drug testing is provided under the Internal Cleansing Program (ICP) of the Philippine National Police.

He said the simultaneous random testing done in different provinces of the region is part of the second quarter effort to make sure that no police officer in Cordillera is taking illegal drugs.

He said that report submitted by the Regional Forensics Unit showed a negative presence of drugs in urine samples from 143 personnel of the Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) and 31 personnel of the Benguet Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), 29 Abra personnel, 20 in Mountain Province, 18 in Apayao.

"This is a quarterly activity which is in random taking a certain percentage of the field personnel," the officer said.

He added that those assigned to all levels of the drug enforcement units are all subjected to tests and are tested more frequently than the others.

"The PROCor leadership funded this to make sure that there will be no drug users within the ranks," Abellanida said.

He added that those in the drug enforcement units also go through psychological testing to prevent operations from affecting their mental condition.

He added that random drug testing is also done during conferences of officers.

"Walang nag positive this year (for this year, no one was found positive in all random tests)," Abellanida said.

He explained that once a policeman tests positive for illegal drugs, a confirmatory test is done. The policeman will then go through summary dismissal proceedings which goes with it the forfeiture of all benefits. (PNA)

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