QUEZON CITY – The local government has vowed to exert everything in its might to eliminate illegal drugs in Quezon City, the Manila Standard reported.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte said some 24 percent of all drivers underwent to drug tests. Out of those tested, four percent of them were found positive for drugs and subject to driving prohibitions, franchise suspension, and rehabilitation and treatment.
“We passed an ordinance mandating all tricycle and pedicab drivers and operators to undergo drug testing and, so far, since we just passed this in 2017, 23.54 percent have already undergone the mandatory testing,” Belmonte said.
The local official is referring to Ordinance No. SP-2575 of 2017, also called the Drugged Driving Ordinance in Quezon City, which mandates members of a tricycle operator driver association and pedicab operator driver association to subject themselves to a random drug test.
“We’ve heard unjust hearsay before that majority of tricycle and pedicab drivers use illegal drugs, but with our present results, that is far from the truth,” she added.
As chairperson of the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Belmonte said the ordinance is “aligned with QCADAAC and the city’s integrated efforts to suppress drug addiction and drug pushing” to protect the welfare of residents in the city.
Previously, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista led the Regional Peace and Order Council-National Capital Region’s two-day peace summit held in Taguig City.
“Let this peace and order international summit help us be many steps ahead in wisdom, ability, and strategy of those who seek to destroy our common objective of promoting orderly peaceful communities,” Bautista told the participants.