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NAIA transport drivers start undergoing annual drug test

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FOLLOWING the rash of scandalous behavior among public utility motorists, more than 50 driver members of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport based Airport Shuttle Service Inc. underwent drug testing to ensure that no drug user or dependent are among their roster who would cause them and their organization embarrassment.

ASSI chairman Romeo Sayaman said the drivers voluntarily underwent the drug tests held near the ASSI’s office at the former Nayong Pilipino complex.

“We are doing this kind of testing to further improve our services to the general public, among which is ensuring the safety of land transportation and in support of the government campaign against the use of prohibited drugs,” Sayaman said.

He added that another group of accredited drivers would have their drug testing next week.

Sayaman, who is also the Airport Transport Concessionaires Association Inc. (ATCAI) president with some 3,000 members who work for different operators, said he will require all member-companies/operators of the association to have all their drivers undergo a once a year random drug test.

The testing will be carried out in coordination with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

Earlier, the airport transport groups and the MIAA agreed to have their members subjected to drug testing by an accredited drug testing center. Results of the test will be submitted to the MIAA Medical Division, which in turn shall be responsible in forwarding said results to the appropriate MIAA offices. Copies of the result will also be given to concerned ASSI and ATCAI members.

Any ASSI and ATCAI drivers found positive for traces of illegal drugs shall be subjected to disciplinary action or immediate termination with no appeal.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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