#PASAY CITY, October 19, 2018 – Philippines – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) employees from 21 major airports around the country tested negative to shabu and marijuana.
In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug efforts and as part of the DOTr and CAAP’s campaign for a drug-free workplace, the agency’s Office of the Flight Surgeon and Aviation Medicine (OFSAM) conducted random drug testing from February to September this year where 2,635 employees from 21 airports took part out of the CAAP’s 6,056 employees nationwide.
The OFSAM is diligently going around the CAAP-operated airports from Luzon to Mindanao in order to ensure that our airports are safe and drug-free. The random drug tests are done year-round in accordance to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, as well as the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) memorandum circular 13 (series of 2010), calling for a drug-free workplace, and the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulation (PCAR) on Psychoactive Testing and Reporting that requires drug testing on airport personnel.
Aside from testing CAAP personnel, several on-duty aircrew members from Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia in the 21 airports also participated in the drug testing. All aircrew members tested negative to prohibited drugs as well.
The random drug tests are also in accordance to CAAP’s mission of ensuring a safe, secure, and green Philippine skies. The aviation regulator manages 81 airports nationwide while five others are controlled by other airport authorities—the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Subic Bay International Airport, Clark International Airport, Cebu-Mactan International Airport, and Lal-lo International Airport (Cagayan North International Airport).