Drug-free workplace policy to go full swing in W. Visayas

first_imgTanaleon added that because the barangaydrug-clearing program is in full force, they have begun tapping privateestablishments so business operators would know that their workers are notusing illegal drugs. The MOA will provide the impetus for thefull implementation of the drug-free workplace policy in Western Visayas,Tanaleon said in an interview. DOLE Department Order 53-03, or theguidelines for the implementation of a drug-free workplace policy for theprivate sector, mandates establishments that employ 10 or more workers toformulate drug abuse prevention and control programs and company policy againstdrug use, Tanaleon said. “This is a good program so there is noreason for us not to pursue it,” she added. (With a report from PNA/PN) “One of the things that will be includedin the MOA is for LGUs to undertake the implementation of the drug-freeworkplace policy. We will include in the requirements that before a businesspermit or renewal permit is issued, DOLE has to certify that an establishmenthas complied or is exempted from DO (Department Order) 53-03,” she said. “PDEA, DOLE, and the LGU will worktogether to issue requirements that should be complied (with) by anestablishment to make sure that they have a drug-free policy within theirbusiness,” she said. “This is a big program and our pilotareas are also major cities. Once we start with these big cities, we arepositive that other municipalities in Western Visayas will follow,” she added.center_img Tanaleon said Thursday they were justfinalizing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would be entered into by theiragency, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and pilot localgovernment units (LGUs). On Jan. 28, PDEA met with the localchief executives and representatives of these cities to discuss the initiative. Last year, PDEA also launched “OplanKalasag”, an advocacy program on drug-free workplace where administrators,front liners, and security officers of hotels, restaurants, bars, subdivisions,condominiums, and warehouses were empowered in compliance with Republic Act9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and DOLE DO 53-03,Tanaleon said. ILOILO City – The full implementation of the drug-free workplace policy inprivate establishments will be formalized before the first quarter of the yearends, according to Ma. Graziella Tanaleon, information officer of the PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas. The drug agency eyes to pilot the fullimplementation in the cities of Passi, Iloilo, and Bacolod. last_img read more