Students in public high schools and colleges in Quezon City, Philippines, will undergo mandatory random drug testing starting this year.
Joy Belmonte, vice-mayor of Quezon City, said parents would be oriented on how the drug testing will be administered. She said students would undergo testing with or without their parents’ consent, GMA News reported.
According to Belmonte, urine samples will be tested in clinics that are accredited by the Philippine Department of Health.
Students who test positive for drug use will have a case interview with their parents.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency claims there is widespread use of illicit drugs in Quezon City in all school levels. Belmonte said the tests would focus on older students first.
Under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, private schools must also have random drug tests. However, Quezon City’s ordinance and the memorandum circular from the Department of Education only specify mandatory drug testing in public schools.
Some netizens on social media expressed support for the random drug testing, but some young people said it was a violation of their rights.