227 driv­ers linked to drug use

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan is alarmed over re­ports prov­ing driv­ers of pub­lic trans­port are into il­le­gal drugs.

Do­mo­gan said po­lice re­ports showed there are 227 driv­ers of taxi, jeep­ney and bus, un­der the pro­file of the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice as drug suren­der­rers.

“You should po­lice your own ranks and get drug tests rather than have all of you [the en­tire sec­tor] be­come sus­pect to drug use,” said Do­mo­gan.

Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice city di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ramil Sac­ulles con­firmed the find­ings and con­curred manda­tory drug tests would best be re­quired for driv­ers

be­fore op­er­a­tors ac­cept them for work.

Sac­ulles said the drug test re­quired be­fore get­ting and re­new­ing a li­cense is now not enough as it will only be re­quired af­ter five years.

Trans­port leader Rey Ba­coco met with by BCPO traf­fic head, Chief In­spec­tor Oliver Pan­a­bang, Do­mo­gan and Sac­ulles over is­sues in traf­fic, pub­lic safety and se­cu­rity and peace and order.

Ba­coco said Do­mo­gan re­quested the trans­port group to have all driv­ers un­dergo drug tests in name of pub­lic safety.

The trans­port leader ad­mit­ted the prob­lem but cited lack of funds as it will be­come an added bur­den to op­er­a­tors.

Last year, over 2,000 sus­pected drug users in Baguio City have turned them­selves into au­thor­i­ties dur­ing the height of the govern­ment’s Oplan Tokhang.

From these records, the po­lice pro­filed the driv­ers and pre­sented the data to the meet­ing, which mer­ited the re­quest for drug test­ing for driv­ers.

Photo by Milo Brioso

BUSY LANE. Traders rush to fill up truck loads of high­land veg­eta­bles at the La Trinidad Trad­ing Post be­fore they are brought to the dif­fer­ent mar­kets all over the coun­try.

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