Freedom from drugs pushed

February 23, 2019

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency headed by Director General Aaron N. Aquino on Thursday officially launched an advocacy program which aims to promote drug-free private workplaces and subdivisions in the country starting in Metro Manila.

The PDEA special project seeks the wholehearted support of owners, managers, workers and residents of hotels, bars, restaurants, condominiums, subdivisions and warehouses amid findings that many major drug activities are taking place in those places.

The PDEA wants the management of businesses and residential areas and their security providers to implement their respective drug-free workplace program, educate employees and residents on the ill-effects of dangerous drugs and enforce a random drug test for all their officers and employees.

It also aims to educate hotels, bars, restaurants, condominiums, subdivisions and warehouses’ owners to identify potential drug laboratories, drug dens and drug warehouses.

PDEA Director Irish C. Calaguas, the officer-in-charge-Deputy Director General for Administration, spearheaded the program launch with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina “Joy” Belmonte at the Seameo, Innotech located along Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman.

Q.C. was chosen as the pilot site of the program which is set to be replicated in all cities and municipalities of the National Capital Region and the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Once the operation is in full-swing, Aquino said that they will be urging all local government units nationwide to enforce their local ordinances which will require all business establishments in their jurisdiction to implement a safe and drug-free environment in the workplace, pursuant to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Order No. 53-03, or the “Guidelines for the implementation of a drug-free workplace policies and programs for the private sector.”