Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Maintaining a Drug-Free workplace in Boracay, stakeholders' responsibility

The stakeholders, particularly those who are handling businesses in Boracay, are responsible for keeping their establishments a drug-free workplace.

This is what Gen. Pedrito Magsino of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office-Nataional Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) had explained during a two-day Information and Education Campaign on Drug Awareness and Prevention which was held last October 19 to 20, 2012 in the island of Boracay.

The official said that Sec. 48 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 states the promotion of a drug free workplace through the implementation of the Drug Abuse Prevention Program by companies which has 10 or more employees.

This is a joint effort of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Magsino said that establishments must have a signage which states “This is a drug-free workplace. Let’s keep it this way.”

There must be a random drug testing among employees, he added.

Drug addiction he said has a number of negative results to a certain workplace such as tardiness and absences, poor performance and productivity, and the possibility of crimes.

The PDEA officer also said that it is in the Government’s policy that this should also be implemented in private businesses.

Moreover, Magsino stressed out that this must be implemented in Boracay for the preservation of the island from illegal drugs, while he calls out to the public for cooperation to maintain a drug-free Boracay.

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