TESDA OFFICIALS, EMPLOYEES CLEARED IN DRUG TESTS
The campaign of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) against illegal drugs has proven to be successful after its officials and employees were cleared and tested negative of illegal drugs.
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong led the random drug testing at the TESDA Central Office, TESDA National Capital Region (NCR) and TESDA Region 4-A or Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal- Quezon) area.
Mamondiong said that 181 of the 211 (85.78 percent) TESDA officials and employees yielded negative results in the drug tests.
The surprise mandatory random drug testing is based on Section I of Board Regulation No. 2, series of 2004 of the Dangerous Drugs Board and Republic Act 9165, known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in which TESDA also issued Circular No. 52 for its policies and guidelines.
Employees who were chosen for the random drug testing were not able to submit their urine laboratory test because of field work. Those who were not able to join the first phase of the drug testing were advised to take the test at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City anytime this year.
Among the regions that participated in the TESDA random drug testing and were cleared of illegal drug use were Region I (252 employees or 87.20 percent), Region IV (322 or 70 percent), Region VII (235, 92.52 percent), Region X (317, 89.04 percent) Region XII (27, 15.17 percent).
Mamondiong has expressed confidence that all regional offices of TESDA will also conduct a surprise drug testing in their area to achieve a drug-free Philippines and fight against illegal drugs. ###