Pasig, PDEA launch drug-free workplace campaign
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday launched an advocacy program to promote a drug-free workplace in business establishments and subdivisions in Pasig City.
At the launch, PDEA director general Aaron Aquino and Pasig City Mayor Roberto Eusebio urged all businesses in the city to implement a safe and drug-free environment in the workplace, pursuant to the Department of Labor and Employment Order 53-03, or the Guidelines for the Implementation of a Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for the Private Sector.
Topics discussed during the event held at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig were the current drug situation and salient features of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; identification of clandestine drug laboratories; modus operandi and concealment methods used by drug syndicates; and drug abuse awareness and prevention inside the workplace.
“One of the priorities of the program is to reintroduce and compel business owners to conform with the requirements of Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 8, Series of 2003, which requires all private establishments employing 10 or more workers to formulate and implement a drug-free workplace program, including mandatory drafting and adoption of company policies against illegal drug use,” Aquino said.
Aquino said the program also aimed to educate owners of hotels, bars, restaurants, condominiums, subdivisions, and warehouses to identify potential drug laboratories, drug dens, and drug warehouses, as these were being used by syndicates to manufacture and store illegal drugs.
“We have seen clandestine drug laboratories set up inside subdivisions and condominiums. Illegal drug transactions are actually happening inside hotel rooms, restaurants, and bars because illegal drugs can be exchanged discreetly. Some drug personalities were even billeted at residential condominiums and apartelles, and use the place as drug dens where illegal drugs can be bought and used,” Aquino said.