IN the Philippines, a nation of more than 100 million people, much has changed since President Duterte assumed the top political post of the land at 12 noon on June 30, 2016.
Today, more and more people, including members of the working class, are now aware of the many adverse effects of workers’ dependence on shabu and other prohibited drugs.
Admittedly, the presence of drug-dependent employees is one of the reasons why there’s a serious deterioration in industrial productivity in some parts of the Philippines.
That’s why we commend the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), chaired by Director-General Aaron N. Aquino, for launching a program to promote a drug-free workplace in the country.
As the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), PDEA plays a crucial role in the national government’s all-out war against drug trafficking and drug abuse.
A brainchild of Aquino, a retired one-star police general, the program was launched last Wednesday, March 28, in Pasig City. It was first launched last February 21 in Quezon City.
Under the program, among the target establishments are hotels, restaurants, bars, warehouses and even condominiums.
Reports said that some of these establishments are being used as drug dens, shabu laboratories and storage facilities.
According to the PDEA top honcho, the anti-drug advocacy program is also aimed at stirring awareness on the modus operandi of drug syndicates, foreign and local, operating in the country.
The Filipino people eagerly wait for the launching of PDEA’s multi-pronged “drug-free” workplace program in all government and private offices and agencies across the Philippines.
Let’s bolster the government’s anti-drugs campaign by supporting PDEA’s program to promote a drug-free workplace not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.