With the present administration’s war against illegal drugs and criminality, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte is taking a huge step for the same cause.

Under Resolution No. 2016-434 of the Sanggunian, “all members of the August Body and all elected and appointed Local Government Unit officials in Leyte will undergo random and mandatory drug testing and will disclose the drug test results to the public.”

In a Facebook post, Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said that “the drug testing of the vice governor, board members and other provincial officials of Leyte will be conducted at 3PM, September 20, at the Legislative Building, Capitol Grounds.”

Loreto also encouraged media practitioners to voluntarily submit themselves for testing.

The mandatory drug testing recognizes and supports the main thrusts of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration against illegal drugs including “the drug-free workplace” program of the government.

“We consider this move as an initiative to dispel any possibilities that there are drug users or drug-dependents in the government workplace. The people deserve no less,” Loreto said in a press briefing.

It also shows the commitment of the provincial government in combating “the menace of drug addiction prevailing in almost all parts of the country including the Province of Leyte.”

“The problems on the table such as drugs and criminality should be stopped. This administration of President Duterte should be given a chance to do what it can do. And I think it can be effective in that respect,” the Leyte Vice Governor said.

On the resolution, it was stated that “the problem on illegal drugs has to be addressed effectively by posing a strong political will to ensure peace and harmony.”