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No more drug test soon for LTO license?

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Woolf

Looks like the drug tests will finally be dropped in region 7,

after it was dropped 5 years ago in the rest of Philippines

 

SunStar 2018 june 17

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1748413/Cebu/Local-News/No-more-drug-test-soon-for-LTO-license
 

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No more drug test soon for LTO license?

A DRUG test will no longer be mandatory for those applying for or renewing a driver’s license. How soon? That will depend on how fast the paperwork can get done.

A team from the Office of the Solicitor-General is expected in Cebu within the week for a case briefing in the 19th Division of the Court of Appeals, which is based in Cebu. The appellate court recently reversed a decision by the Toledo Regional Trial Court (RTC) that held that a drug test remains mandatory for driver’s license applicants.

Victor Emmanuel Caindec, director of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, confirmed that a team from the solicitor-general’s office is expected in Cebu tomorrow.

He said that LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante and Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz will soon issue an order to stop the requirement of drug tests for those applying for or renewing their driver’s license.

“So, they will issue an order, and then we can take the appropriate actions,” Caindec told SunStar Superbalita Cebu last Friday. He said that Galvante and Cruz informed him about the appeals court’s decision in a meeting last week.

In a 19-page decision, the appeals court’s 19th Division set aside a decision penned by RTC Branch 59 Judge Hermes Montero in Toledo City on maintaining the mandatory drug test for those applying for a driver’s license.

This requirement was waived in Republic Act 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013, which then President Benigno Aquino III signed last May 27, 2013.

The appeals court found that the RTC’s decision showed “grave abuse of discretion and was therefore void. All acts emanating from them have no force and effect.”

“The writ of preliminary injunction issued in favor of private respondents, which eventually became permanent in the assailed decision, has no legal effect,” part of the decision read.

A resident of Toledo City, Dulcisimo Tuldanes, had filed the case questioning a memorandum from Department of Transportation and Communications Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres last June 27, 2013. For Tuldanes, RA 10586 did not repeal Section 36 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

But the appeals court found that Tuldanes’ argument—it would be unjust if the mandatory drug tests were not sustained—was not enough for the RTC to issue a writ of preliminary injunction. Among his claims was that a truck hit his gate because the driver was a drug user. (SCG of Superbalita)

 

 

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M.C.A.

Shows how each region and in some cases each individual LTO is run autonomously. whatever happened to standardization.

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Woolf
4 minutes ago, M.C.A. said:

Shows how each region and in some cases each individual LTO is run autonomously. whatever happened to standardization.

???

There were no drug test for a few weeks in region 7

until that judge made the ruling not to stop it (job protection ???)

from article above:

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RTC Branch 59 Judge Hermes Montero in Toledo City on maintaining the mandatory drug test for those applying for a driver’s license.

LTO 7 could do nothing but follow the ruling

so hardly the fault of LTO 7 that they continued with the drug test

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MarinePride

Drug tests are a waste of time, effort and money unless they utilize hair follicles for the test and because they are real expensive, it's not happening here.  It seems like common sense for a drug user to just abstain from drugs for just 30 days before the test is taken in the case of urine. If you know the day you are going to be tested, the test is useless, except for the low IQ types out there!  Hair follicle test typically goes back much further than just 30 days, more like 90 days.

I just renewed my license here a month or so ago and they didn't check anything.  They didn't have me read the eye chart or check blood pressure, so the whole concept is flawed, not just the drug test.

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M.C.A.
4 minutes ago, MarinePride said:

Drug tests are a waste of time, effort and money unless they utilize hair follicles for the test and because they are real expensive, it's not happening here.  It seems like common sense for a drug user to just abstain from drugs for just 30 days before the test is taken in the case of urine. If you know the day you are going to be tested, the test is useless, except for the low IQ types out there!  Hair follicle test typically goes back much further than just 30 days, more like 90 days.

I just renewed my license here a month or so ago and they didn't check anything.  They didn't have me read the eye chart or check blood pressure, so the whole concept is flawed, not just the drug test.

Same here MarinePride, last couple times I renewed my driver's license no more urine test on Luzon, and no eye test or blood pressure check.

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SkyMan
12 hours ago, Woolf said:

There were no drug test for a few weeks in region 7

And I believe it was reported a bunch of Danao jeep drivers were tested with about a 75% failure rate.

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KennyF

The piddle test was abandoned on Camiguin years ago.

I did the test when I got my license 12 years ago and the girl who took my sample took it out of the room and was back within 3 seconds saying "well that's OK".

She barely had time to set it down on the bench never mind conduct a test on it.

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SmokyMtnRon

This was posted in the window when my wife got hers renewed (in Talisay) a few months ago. The only thing it tells me is that there were 12 idiots that took drugs before going to take the test. Also sure seems funny exactly 12 were caught each month.

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