PUP starts mandatory drug testing


Engineering students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) were the first to undergo mandatory drug testing in its Manila campus on Thursday.

The Engineering Spectrum, the official publication of the College of Engineering, reported students were randomly pulled out from their classes and instructed to proceed to another room where the procedures were discussed.

A total of 40 students were sent to the PUP Mabini (main) Campus for the actual testing.

The PUP administration earlier announced the mandatory test.

“All currently enrolled students shall undergo the mandatory random drug testing,” read the school announcement.

“Students found to be drug dependents shall undergo appropriate intervention and/or rehabilitation in accordance with the PUP Student Handbook.”

On 5 August, PUP students staged a massive protest against rule revisions, including stricter dress codes, mandatory drug testing and higher GWA (general weight average) for Latin honors.