TO ensure public safety during the observance of All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day, the police will deploy more policemen while the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Health (DOH) started conducting random drug testing among provincial bus drivers.
LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez spearheaded the random drug test for Public Utility Buses (PUBs) drivers and conductors at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City.
As of Wednesday afternoon, eight of the 127 bus drivers tested were found positive for shabu or marijuana.
“Those drivers who have negative results will be allowed to operate,” Ginez said.
Those who tested positive were turned over to the police.
The LTFRB will continue the random drug tests in the following days.
Meanwhile, the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) was placed on full alert as Filipinos prepare to honor their dearly departed.
NCRPO spokesperson Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas said the leaves and day-offs of all police personnel in Metro Manila have been canceled.
Molitas said policemen will be assigned to secure the 98 cemeteries in Metro Manila. Hundreds more police officers will also be deployed to bus terminals, ports, airports, malls and other places of convergence.