ILOILO – All the 92 personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region 6 that took drug tests on June 17 passed, according to Jail Superintendent Gilbert Peremne, deputy regional director for administration.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Department of Health (DOH) jointly conducted the drug tests.
After attending Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the BMP regional office, the jail personnel were required to submit urine samples for analysis.
No less than BJMP regional director Jail Chief Superintendent Arnel Gongona set the example; he submitted urine sample.
“The drug test was part of BJMP’s goal of ensuring that its personnel and workplace are drug-free,” said Peremne.
He also reiterated the other BJMP goal: keeping jail facilities drug-free also.
From May 3 to 6 “greyhound operations” and random drug tests in district jails across Western Visayas yielded no illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
The search teams were assisted by drug-sniffing dogs and personnel from the Philippine National Police.
Around 700 persons deprived of liberty – who submitted urine samples –also tested negative during random drug tests.
In Aklan, operatives randomly conducted a drug test on 40 out of 197 inmates at the Aklan District Jail male and female dormitories in Barangay Nalook, Kalibo on May 6.
On the same day, the greyhound team also inspected the Roxas City Jail in Barangay San Jose, Roxas City, Capiz and subjected 58 out of 280 inmates in a random drug test.
Eight of 40 inmates at the Mambusao District Jail male dormitory in Barangay Bula, Mambusao, Capiz were also picked for drug testing.
On May 4, 378 persons were subjected to a random drug test at the Iloilo District Jail female and male dormitories in Pototan, Iloilo.
PDEA also conducted a drug test on 200 out of 983 inmates in the Iloilo City District Jail male dormitory in Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City on May 3. (Akean Forum/PN)