Random drug testing starts in Pasig City high school
- Dennis Carcamo () - February 4, 2009 - 9:45am

MANILA, Philippines --The government's random drug testing in public and private high schools in Metro Manila started today in a public school in Pasig City.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Vicente Sotto III and officials from the Department of Health kicked off the drug testing at the Manggahan National High School in Pasic around 9 a.m.

Sotto reiterated that the testing would be a good thing in the long run in fighting drug addiction in the country. He said it is a form of "self defense" against the growing drug menace as the youth is always vulnerable targets of drug syndicates.

Sotto also clarified they are not going to single out students in the drug tests. Authorities have likewise assured the parents and guardians of the students that the rights of those who will be chosen to undergo the test will be upheld.

Lapus, for his part, said the guidelines issued by the DDB emphasize that no student will be suspended or kicked out of school if found using drugs.

Manggahan National High School has a total student population of 3,366 and only 15 students will undergo drug testing. Five students will serve as buffer if any of the selected students will be absent, school officials said.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DRUG DRUGS BOARD EDUCATION SECRETARY JESLI LAPUS LAPUS MANGGAHAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL METRO MANILA PASIC PASIG CITY SOTTO VICENTE SOTTO
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