CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- A top official of the Isabela State University (ISU) has expressed his support to the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) memorandum to conduct mandatory random drug tests to students next academic year.
Dr. Ricmar Aquino, ISU president, said the university system of ISU will positively respond on the CHED's memorandum to subject students to mandatory random drug tests next academic year as a manifestation of the university's support to the government's anti-drug campaign.
CHED released Memorandum Order 18 to implement such intervention. Under the memorandum, the schools shall present the policy for mandatory drug testing to its students and the drug test shall only be administered by DOH-accredited facilities, physicians, and private medical practitioners.
Aquino said he will coordinate with the Philippine National Police - Cauayan City Crime Laboratory Office to help them comply with the CHED's order.
He said he will ask CHED to provide additional funds for the conduct of the random drug tests to students considering the bulk of enrollees in the state univerity. This year, the ISU system has more than 20,000 students.
"We don't have funds allotted for drug tests and we will be requesting CHED to provide additional funds for the purpose," said Aquino.
The president is very optimistic that ISU will be cleared of illegal drug activities and has expressed his full support to the government's anti-drug campaign. (MDCT/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)