Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday started an advocacy program in Pasig City to endorse a drug-free workplace in business establishments as well as subdivisions in the area.
Held at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig, the launch was attended by PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino and Pasig City Mayor Roberto Eusebio who both admonished business establishments in the city to implement a “safe and drug-free environment.”
“One of the priorities of the program is to reintroduce and compel business owners to conform with the requirements of Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 8 Series of 2003 which mandates all private establishments employing 10 or more workers to formulate and implement a drug-free workplace program, including mandatory drafting and adoption of company policies against illegal drug use,” Aquino stated in a press release.
Aquino pointed out that the program purposes to educate owners of hotels, bars, restaurants, condominiums, subdivisions and warehouses to identify potential drug laboratories and drug dens as these are being used by drug syndicates in the manufacture and storage of illegal drugs.
Aquino caught on the attention of lessors of warehouses, condominiums and houses to frequently inspect their properties so that these will not be utilized as drug laboratories or warehouses.
“[The] PDEA has seen clandestine drug laboratories set up inside subdivisions and condominiums. Illegal drug transactions are actually happening inside hotel rooms, restaurants and bars because illegal drugs can be exchanged discreetly,” Aquino added.
“Some drug personalities were even billeted inside residential condominiums and apartelle, and use the place as drug dens where illegal drugs can be bought and used,” he said.
The aforementioned program was originally launched last February in Quezon City.