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2 drivers in Davao test positive for drugs

May 17, 2019 - Friday 8:05 AM by Ruth Palo

OPLAN HARABAS. PDEA officers conduct a surprise drug test on drivers and conductors operating at a van terninal in Davao City on Thursday. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- Two drivers tested positive for illegal drug use during a surprise drug test conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Thursday on 188 truck, jeepney, and tricycle drivers in three separate terminals in this city.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 Regional Director Antonio Rivera said “Oplan Harabas” was launched to make sure those who are in the public transport sector are free from the influence of illegal drugs for the safety of their passengers.

This is also in line with the government's thrust to promote a drug-free public transport system all over the country, he said.

Rivera said “Oplan Harabas” is a harm reduction program of the agency initiated by PDEA Director Aaron Aquino as part of the whole-of-nation approach in the government’s all-out war againts illegal drugs.

Subjected to the drug test were 33 van drivers, 116 tricycle drivers, and 39 jeepney drivers.

The names of the two drivers who tested positive for drug use were forwarded to LTO 11 for appropriate action. They will also be referred to the rehabilitation or reformation program of the Department of Health (DOH) or Local Government Unit through its Community Based Rehabilitation and After Care Program (CBRAP).

Oplan Harabas is a product of coordination among different government agencies such as PDEA, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Highway Patrol Group (HPG) City Traffic and Transportation Management Office (CTTMO), and Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

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