CAAP employees in 16 airports drug-free

  • Written by Willy M. Balasa
  • Published in Nation
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EMPLOYEES of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in 16 major airports tested negative for drugs.

In line with the Duterte administration’s anti-drug efforts and as part of Department of Transportation (DoTr) and CAAP’s campaign for a drug-free workplace, CAAP-Office of the Flight Surgeon and Aviation Medicine (OFSAM) conducted random drug testing from February 7 to May 4 this year on 2,187 employees from the 16 airports.

The drug tests are being conducted yearly in accordance to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, as well as the Civil Service Commission’s memorandum circular 13 (series of 2010) and the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulation on Psychoactive Testing and Reporting for a drug-free workplace.

Some 298 CAAP employees from Davao International Airport and 264 from Laguindingan Airport tested negative to illegal drugs.

The rest of the participating airports include: Tuguegarao Airport (86), Laoag International Airport (107), Cebu-Mactan International Airport (93), Kalibo International Airport (136), Dumaguete Airport (83), General Santos International Airport (136), Puerto Princesa International Airport (153), Zamboanga International Airport (127), Iloilo International Airport (260), Tagbilaran Airport (108), Plaridel Airport (52), Tacloban Airport (121), Roxas Airport (72), and Surigao Airport (91).

“We remain true to our commitment to rid our workplace of people not only involved in corruption, but also in drugs. Ayaw ng Pangulo ‘yan. Ayaw natin yan. Such illegal activities shall not be tolerated under our watch. Pasensyahan tayo kung mahuli kayo,” said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

The CAAP manages 86 airports nationwide while four others are controlled by other airport authorities -- the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Subic Bay International Airport, Clark International Airport and Cebu-Mactan International Airport.