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Wary about suspicious-looking drug-testing centers near branches of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)? Worry no more as you have found allies in the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers are now urging the LTO to team up with the Department of Health to run after illegal operators of drug-testing centers.

According to Rep. Jeci Lapus from the third district of Tarlac, a significant number of the more than 1,500 drug testing centers in the country are operating illegally and are merely "collecting money from the license applicants."

"There are instances where urine samples of applicants for driver's licenses are not being examined. The applicant just pays for the examination fee and that's it,” said Lapus.

Rep. Vicente Belmonte Jr. of the lone district of Iligan City and chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs echoed Lapus’s sentiments as he urged law enforcement authorities to investigate the charges that some drug testing centers are operating illegally.

"A thorough investigation should be done by the police authorities on these fly-by-night firms," shared Belmonte.

Lapus added that the activity of drug testing centers should be properly monitored to know if they are really doing their jobs or if they’re just "pseudo drug testing."

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