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CHR tells gov’t to put child rights above mandatory drug testing

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reminded the government of its obligation to always put premium the welfare and rights of children amid calls of mandatory drug testing for students. PIXABAY

MANILA, November 13, 2018–The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reminded the government of its obligation to always put premium the welfare and rights of children amid calls of mandatory drug testing for students.

This after a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that 51% of adult Filipinos support the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDEA) proposal for drug testing of grade 4 students and up.
The SWS survey also found that 49% percent of Filipinos remain undecided and disagree with the agency’s proposal.

Should this initiative push through, CHR said in a press statement that there should be “sufficient” guidelines that will prohibit schools or agencies from imposing administrative and criminal sanctions to students found to be a user or dependent of drugs.

These guidelines, CHR added, should also not affect the children’s access to their right to education.

Just recently, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued new implementing guidelines for the conduct of drug testing of students in all high education institutions (HEI). (Joel Cristobal/Luzon Times)

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