Wednesday, September 16, 2020

52nd Engineer Brigade holds Authorized Specimen Collector Training

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon - The 52nd Engineer Brigade concluded a two-day “Authorized Specimen Collector Training” signifying its continuous effort to strengthen the existing anti-drug campaign of the Philippine Army through its anti-drug body “Task Force Midas.”

The Brigade has bolstered its capability to maintain a drug- free workplace through augmentation of its drug-testing laboratory equipment and training of personnel to handle the specimen collection and preservation of specimen samples during the conduct of drug test.

The training was held at the Brigade G8 Multipurpose Hall on August 12-13, 2020.

Attendees on the said training was trustworthy and highly capable personnel from line units qualified to be designated as Authorized Specimen Collectors (ASC), to assist the Drug Testing Team (DTT) in their respective units.

The training aims to provide the participants with basic knowledge and principles on collecting, recording, and proper handling of specimen samples for better and more accurate results in drug testing.

The two-day training commenced with a program and opening remarks from Col Louis Pasteur M Edma, Brigade Chief of Staff on Authorized Specimen Collector’s Training Cl 01-20. Training lecturers were 1LT Katrina A Pancrudo, a registered pharmacist and Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer, and Pvt Wendy Lou Bailo, a registered Medical Technologist.

Both are currently serving as Brigade Drug Testing Laboratory (BDTL) Specimen Analysts.

The event culminated with the formal declaration of the Class 01-20 graduates by Maj Harold Ricacho in the presence of Col Francis Marlon S Wong, Brigade Deputy Commander.

BGen Rommel R Hinlo, Brigade Commander gave a compelling message to the participants. His message was conveyed by the Brigade Deputy Commander.

In his speech, he stressed that “as the backbone of the Armed Forces you are the organization’s biggest asset and to support the president’s vision of having a drug- free country. The Armed Forces is investing in training you as specimen collectors so that we won’t have to rely on civilian entities to attend to our needs."

"The conduct of this training clearly shows how serious we are in countering illegal drugs in our organization. That thought alone preempt whoever plans to use illegal drugs," he added.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 52nd Engineer Battalion, PA

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