THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday launched its official partnership with different business establishments in San Juan City to promote a drug-free workplace.
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 promote a drug-free workplace, but also instills 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.
Yesterday’s event 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 said.
Pimentel added that the promotion of a working environment free from the influence of illegal drugs in the public and private sectors implies better health and safety, thereby, increasing productivity of all concerned employees.
PDEA is targeting hotels, restaurants, bars, condominiums and warehouses since these are being used for the manufacture, distribution and use of illegal drugs.
During the launch, all business establishments were encouraged to implement 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”.