THREE of the some 400 Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) uniformed security personnel who were made to undergo drug testing recently by airport general manager Ed Monreal have tested positive for drug use.
Monreal said the three are now being made to undergo confirmatory testing as part of due process and to determine if they are indeed into the use of illegal drugs. Their identities are being withheld pending the outcome of an investigation and the results of the confirmatory tests.
Once found to be habitual drug users, the said personnel will have to be taken out of the service, he said, adding that the move is in line with the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs.
The tests were done randomly and at no cost to the employees and particularly covered the uniformed personnel assigned at the terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), both men and women, and from the rookies up to the senior officers.
Monreal, who was assisted by airport assistant general manager for security and emergency services Col. Joey Tecson in supervising the drug testing, said no room is being left to chance, considering the nature and scope of work of the uniformed personnel which basically involves the security aspect of airport operations.
“If we are truly to ensure the safety and security of our air travellers, airport users and the country’s premier airport terminals, those providing such protection must be totally clean and free from drugs. We know how drug use can destroy minds and we don’t want drug users in our ranks,” Monreal said.