DepEd eyes mandatory drug testing in public, private schools

  • DepEd plans to conduct mandatory drug testing among all schools in the country
  • DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo sees lack of fund as the problem in conducting the mandatory drug testing
  • Only random drug testing could be conducted at present

The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to conduct a mandatory drug testing to all students in the country; a representative of the education bureau said in a DZBB interview.

The only problem, said DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo, would be the limited funds as national drug testing among all private and public schools in the Philippines would need a lot of money; that is why only random drug testing could be done at present.

Mateo added that they are in cooperation with law enforcement agencies in monitoring against drug syndicates who might possibly use the youth in their illegal drug trade.

Coupled with the continuous anti-drug abuse education, the DepEd Asec. said that this would be a good way to keep students away from the drug menace, as disclosed by GMA News.

Meanwhile, Pilipino Star Ngayon (PSN) disclosed that the Department of Health (DOH) and DepEd has been conducting random drug testing on some schools in Metro Manila.

To make it really random, former Health Undersecretary Jade del Mundo disclosed as written on PSN, that they have put a corresponding number to each of the schools in the metro and then raffle it via computer. The chosen number by the computer will give them the school to be checked.

The same procedure will be used in choosing students to undergo drug testing.

As per DepEd and DOH guidelines, they will not force students to take the drug testing. However, the government agencies are confident that the students are willing to take the test.

The students who will get a positive result will not be suspended or dismissed from school, according to Dangerous Drugs Board guidelines posted on the PSN report.

The campaign is aimed to stop students in using illegal drugs and to suppress drug pushers who use young children as couriers. Under the juvenile justice law, children below 18 are not liable of any criminal law.