THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency partnered with different business establishments in San Juan City to promote its program of having drug-free workplaces across the country.
PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino said they are replicating their advocacy program to promote a drug-free workplace in all business establishments and subdivisions in San Juan City with the help of the city government.
A special project of Aquino, the anti-drug advocacy program not only promotes a drug-free workplace, but also creates awareness of the modus operandi of drug syndicates such as using high-end subdivisions, hotels, and condominiums as drug laboratories, dens and warehouses to conceal their illegal activities.
Embodied in Dangerous Drugs Board No.8, Series of 2003 or “The Guidelines for the Implementation of a Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for the Private Sector, the program was first launched as its pilot implementation site in Quezon City on February 21, 2019.
The event in San Juan was attended by Congressman Ronaldo Zamora, San Juan City Mayor Francisco Javier Zamora, Vice Mayor Jose Warren Villa, PDEA Deputy Director General for Operations Gregorio R. Pimentel; PDEA National Capital Region Director Joel Plaza and other representatives from the San Juan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council and different barangays.
“One of the priorities of the program is to reintroduce and compel business owners to conform with the requirements of DDB Regulation No. 8 Series of 2003 which mandates 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,” Pimentel explained.