EPD eyes compulsory drug test for workers

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THE Eastern Police District (EPD) wants a mandatory drug test for workers in the private sector at least twice a year as part of the government’s intensified anti-illegal drug campaign.

EPD Director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said he will ask the four mayors of Metro Manila’s eastern area to require all workplaces or establishments to make their employees undergo drug tests.

“We will require them to subject all their employees a drug test at least twice a year. This is for their own good,” Sapitula told The Manila Times in an interview on Friday.

Sapitula has asked Chief Inspector Edgar Palaypay, the commander of the Pasig City Police Station 1 to conduct “Oplan Tokhang” in the BPO [business process outsourcing]companies at the Ortigas central business district in Pasig City.


“The call centers have told us that they are only available for the talk and lecture at midnight. We also went to SM Megamall and asked their most convenient time for the tokhang,” the EPD chief added.

The EPD earlier conducted “Tokhang” in the condominium buildings and private subdivisions but the turnout of drug surrenderers in these areas was very low, Sapitula said.

“But just the same, with drug influence or not, whether you are affected or not, we have to Tokhang everybody,” he added as he again appealed to the public to support the police in its drive against illegal drugs.

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