New PCG chief vows to crack down on drug abuse

January 27, 2012 10:54 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 — To further professionalize the officers and other ranks of the Philippine Coast Guard, newly-appointed commandant Rear Admiral Edmund C. Tan has vowed to crack down on drug abuse in the force and to institute mandatory drug testing to all persons employed by the agency.

“This move of the command is in view of the mandated task of the PCG as law enforcer who also interdicts illegal use, transport and manufacture of illegal drugs that PCG must set an example to be a drug-free organization,” Tan said.

An initial number of 57 PCG officers, including Tan, voluntarily submitted themselves to drug testing last Wednesday with negative results for drug abuse.

Tan said that the measure will be a continuing process and will be randomly conducted to other PCG officers and non-officers nationwide. (PNA)



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