PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday thanked the Presidential Palace for expressing its complete support on their proposal to subject students to a mandatory drug test as part of their program to ensure drug-free schools nationwide.
“We appreciate the support of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on the proposal of the agency to conduct mandatory drug testing among grade 4 to tertiary students. His statement is a step forward in the anti-illegal drug campaign of the government,” said Aquino.
Under the retired police general, the PDEA has pushed for the mandatory and surprise drug testing for all students from Grades 4 to college students as part of the agency’s holistic approach to curb illegal drugs to genuinely save children of Filipinos from the grip of the drug menace which has been described by President Duterte as a major threat to national security.
“Our move is based from the fact that about 1,820 minors have been arrested/rescued by PDEA from 2016 to present for involvement in illegal drugs, mostly in drug trafficking. The youngest is six years old,” Aquino said.
“This only proves that the prevalence of illegal drugs among students has reached a level of alarm and concern. Serious and immediate response is needed from PDEA and other government agencies,” he added.
Aquino likewise said they are thankful that based on the latest Social Weather Stations survey, majority of Filipinos are agreeing with them in pushing for the mandatory drug testing of students.
“This is definitely another step in realizing our goal for a drug-cleared country,” he said.