THE scenario can be very frightening if the authorities fail to ferret out drug-dependent workers in the government and private sector.
Doubtless, the dependence on illegal drugs of employees may lead to a serious deterioration in industrial production in the Philippines.
Aware of this, the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is going all-out to promote drug-free environment in all workplaces.
In fact, PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa has already tapped the authorities in workplaces across the country.
Republic Act (RA) No. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, calls for the promotion of a national drug-free workplace program.
PNP Director for Operations Chief Supt. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, on the other hand, said the 160,000-member national police agency will intensify its anti-drug campaign in workplaces.
Cascolan said policemen will talk with owners and managers of private establishments regarding the need to subject their workers to random drug testing.
Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had earlier reminded employers that random drug test in workplaces is a must.
Under the DOLE Drug-Free Workplace Policy and Program, an employee who, for the first time, is found positive of drug use, shall be referred to a rehabilitation center for treatment.
Following the rehabilitation, the firm’s assessment team may recommend to the employer the resumption of the worker’s job if he/she poses no danger to his/her co-employees.
Indeed, the strict promotion of drug-free workplaces in the government and private sector must be pursued.