The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) tied up with the Quezon City government for a drug-free workplace advocacy program in the city, the Philippine Star reported.
The agency chose Quezon City as the pilot implementation site of the program aimed at raising the awareness on the negative effects of illegal drugs as well as establishing random drug testing.
“We are one in promoting a working environment free from the influence of illegal drugs in the public and private sector. This allows personnel to enjoy better health and safety, at the same time, increasing the productivity – a win-win situation for both employers and employees,” PDEA chief Aaron Aquino said in a statement.
Aquino pointed out the importance to enjoin private stakeholders in the fight against illegal drugs, saying certain workplaces are being used in the drug trade.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, who headlined the launch of the program designed for hotels, bars, condominiums, subdivisions and warehouses, mentioned the city has been recognized as one of the local government units that has a functional anti-drug abuse advisory councils.
“I am proud to say that we are one of the cities where all shareholders are in unison in achieving a drug-free city,” she added.
In 2015, the city council passed an ordinance mandating all government employees to subject themselves to random drug testing.