Mindanao Times

Firms told to draft anti-drug plan for business renewal

- (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

THE CITY threatened some 10,000 service-oriented companies here not to renew their business permits starting 2020 if they fail to create a three-year Drug Abuse Prevention Plan.

Ronaldo Rivera, technical adviser for the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), told ISpeak Media Forum on Thursday that the local government will be requiring the service-oriented firms to submit a plan in compliance with City Ordinance 0506-14, also known as the Drug-Free Workplace Ordinance, passed in 2013 when President Rodrigo Duterte was still vice mayor to his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Rivera said the ordinance took effect only in November 2018, following the completion and approval of the Implementi­ng Rules and Regulation­s (IRR), or two years and four months into the bloody drug war campaign of the Duterte administra­tion.

He said it took years to complete the IRR to make sure it is “efficient and flawless.”

The ordinance mandates “random drug testing in all establishm­ents in Davao City, employing 10 or more employees.”

Rivera added the ordinance also requires firms to establish an assessment team composed of the owner of the company, occupation­al health officer, human resource, and representa­tive of the employees’ associatio­n.

The team will enforce the three-year plan, containing the company’s policies and programs.

Workplace programs include advocacy, education and training; drug testing for officers and employees; treatment, rehabilita­tion and referral; and

monitoring and evaluation.

Rivera urged the barangays to monitor if the companies comply with their three-year plans.

He said one of the tasks of the assessment team included, among others, educating the workers of the effects of illegal drug use and possible treatment for drug addiction.

He urged the companies to make their policies more “compassion­ate” to the workers who will test positive for drug use as, he explained, “addiction is a brain disease.”

For its initial phase, Rivera said they require only the service-oriented firms to comply, but added that establishm­ents in other industries such as service and productori­ented establishm­ents will be required to submit a plan before the Business Bureau.

Under the ordinance, the service-oriented establishm­ents are those that offer and provide services for public utilities and facilities, transporta­tion services, security services, and maintenanc­e services, lodging and restaurant services, educationa­l and social services, business services, and personal services.

 ?? BING GONZALES ?? A DURIAN vendor opens a fruit for the waiting customer along Magsaysay Park.
BING GONZALES A DURIAN vendor opens a fruit for the waiting customer along Magsaysay Park.

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