Ran­dom manda­tory drug test for col­lege stu­dents start­ing 2019

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Stu­dents in uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions (HEIs) will be re­quired to un­dergo manda­tory ran­dom drug test­ing come aca­demic year 2019-2020.

Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED) Chair­man J. Pros­pero de Vera III said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view Tues­day night that this ac­tion is based on the com­mis­sions’ me­moran­dum 18, in ac­cor­dance with RA 9165 or The Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Ang gi­na­gawa natin sa loob ng mga pa­man­tasan ay gu­mawa ng en­vi­ron­ment na healthy life­style. Huwag nat­ing an­tayin na du­mat­ing sa punto na ta­la­mak na ang prob­lema bago tayo

mag-in­ter­vene (What we’re do­ing in­side the in­sti­tu­tions is the cre­ation of en­vi­ron­ment for healthy life­style. Let us not wait for the prob­lem to be chronic be­fore we in­ter­vene),” he said.

Mean­while, Basiliio Clau­dio, head for le­gal is­sues and con­cerns of the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines (UP) Stu­dent Coun­cil, said the con­fi­den­tial­ity of the drug test­ing re­sults might be com­pro­mised.

“It’s pos­si­ble that the school ad­min­is­tra­tion, if you have pre­vi­ous dis­ci­plinary cases, how can we en­sure that even the treat­ment of stu­dents who might yield pos­i­tive re­sults would not be dis­crim­i­nated upon,” he said.

Clau­dio added that the po­lice might not ob­serve the ba­sic rules and pro­ce­dures dur­ing drug raids if the school ad­min­is­tra­tion co­or­di­nates and re­quests them to do so.

In re­sponse, de Vera as­sured that the re­sults of the ran­dom drug test­ing will not be made pub­lic.

He added that the safety and se­cu­rity of the stu­dents are pri­or­i­tized in the cre­ation of the manda­tory ran­dom drug test­ing guide­lines.

Ac­cord­ing to the me­moran­dum, stu­dents and par­ents must be no­ti­fied about the con­duct of manda­tory drug test­ing of stu­dents by all HEIs through the stu­dent hand­book. The HEIs shall present at the con­sul­ta­tion the pol­icy re­quir­ing manda­tory ran­dom test­ing of stu­dents. PNA un­der the part­ner­ship with Big Bad Wolf Books, for ev­ery pur­chase of books the shop­pers will do­nate a por­tion of pro­ceeds to GK to fund their dif­fer­ent pro­grams like or­ga­niz­ing com­mu­ni­ties, help­ing the farm­ers and other sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This year is their first in the Philip­pines to be held in Manila, Cebu, and Davao and hope­fully next year we will add three cities more,” he said.

He said that 90 per­cent of the vol­un­teers on the floor come from GK com­mu­ni­ties as part of their liveli­hood pro­gram.

“We are train­ing elite groups that we will bring to other coun­tries for the book sale event start­ing next year in dif­fer­ent cities,” Oquiñena said. (PNA)

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