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Davao City businesses told to comply with PDEA requirements

June 27, 2019 - Thursday 3:06 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

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DAVAO CITY -- The city government here has reminded business owners that they cannot get or renew their business permit if they do not comply with the requirements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11.

Under City Ordinance 0506-13 also known as the Drug-Free Workplace Ordinance of the City, all establishments employing 10 workers and above are required to create an assessment team within employees who will undergo training and workshops to ensure their workplace is free from drugs.

A mandatory drug test will also come after the training of the assessment team, which will be composed of the human resource manager,  an employer's representative, safety officer, health officer, and a worker's representative.

Connie Domag, City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) Technical Adviser on Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation, said the training aims to create an anti-drug campaign program in each establishment.

“This will prepare them to comply with the requirements, which are the conduct of random drug testing for the employees and to formulate a drug-free workplace plan for prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment of employees – in case that during the drug testing, there will be confirmed positive (cases),” Domag said.

Each establishment is asked to craft a three-year program for treatment and prevention before PDEA 11 issues a certificate of compliance.

The certificate will be part of the requirements of getting or renewing business permits.

PDEA 11 assistant regional director Ben Joseph Tesiorna had earlier lauded the city government for its aim to have a drug-free city.

“This is a big help in preventing people from patronizing illegal drugs. Those who will purchase it are surely workers since they have the money that they can spend. Through this program, it will be a hindrance for them to buy drugs,” Tesiorna said.

He said establishments can only conduct drug tests through accredited drug testing centers in the city.

Aside from a drug-free workplace, the CADAC office is als o intensifying its community-based rehabilitation program to give drug reformists accessible rehabilitation.

“This is to reach out to those people who need rehabilitation but need not to be admitted in a rehabilitation center. There is still a stigma if they will be admitted in the centers. At least the community-based ones will be more convenient for them,” CADAC action man Michael Denton Aportadera said.